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David Skidmore is active as both a performer and composer of music for percussion. David is a member of the Carnegie Hall Academy, Third Coast Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ensemble XII, and Signal. He is a dedicated advocate for the music of our time, having commissioned, premiered, and performed dozens of new works by many of the great composers of the 20th and 21st century.
As a chamber musician, David maintains a busy schedule both at home and abroad including performances at June in Buffalo, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Ojai Music Festival, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Bang On a Can Marathon and three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. David has performed and collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians including conductors Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas, composers Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, and Peter Eötvos, and chamber ensembles So Percussion and eighth blackbird. David has performed as a soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States. David has also performed as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Pacific Music Festival, the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
David’s compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and universities across the country. In May of 2007 his piece, “Unknown Kind”, was premiered at Carnegie Hall. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Rush Hour Concert Series in Chicago, Michael Burritt, Mark Ford, Dr. John Parks, the Spindrift Percussion Quartet, and Peter Martin. He was awarded 1st prize in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest and 2nd prize in the 2004 contest.
David received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Northwestern University School of Music and the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. His teachers have included Robert Van Sice, Michael Burritt, James Ross, Paul Wertico, and Michael Hernandez.
Peter Martin has been a featured artist at the Jeju Summer Music Festival of Korea, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The Round Top Festival, the Looptopia Festival, the Soundfield Festival, the Rush Hour Concert Series, the CJYPE Concert Series, and the Illinois, Texas, and Kansas Days of Percussion. He has enjoyed competition success as the first prize winner at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society Solo Marimba Competition.
Peter is a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Third Coast Percussion and is the principal percussionist with the Chicago based new music group Ensemble Dal Niente. He has performed with the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Opera Moda, Ensemble Noamnesia, the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Thodos Dance Company, the Sonic Inertia Performance Group, the Longmount Symphony Orchestra, the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of the Exit 9 percussion group. A strong advocate for contemporary music, Peter has been involved with the commissioning and premiere performances of dozens of works for percussion.
As an educator, Peter has served as a percussion instructor at the Northwestern University School of Music, Trinity International University, the National High School Music Institute, the Zion Conservatory of Music, and has taught world drumming to the K-8 levels in the Chicago Public School System. Along with Third Coast Percussion, Peter has worked with Urban Gateways and the University of Chicago's CONNECT outreach programs and, with Exit 9, has worked with the New Jersey Chapter of the Young Audiences organization in presenting educational performances to public schools across the Northeast U.S.
On high demand as a guest clinician and lecturer in the areas of chamber and solo percussion, Peter has appeared in masterclasses and workshops at universities and music schools worldwide. Peter is an artist/endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets and Pearl / Adams Musical Instruments.
Peter is pursuing his Doctor of Music degree and holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Northwestern University School of Music where he received the prestigious Program Honors Award in 2004 studying with world-renowned percussion soloist Michael Burritt, Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussionist James Ross, and Grammy Award winning drummer Paul Wertico. Peter has also studied with She-e Wu at Rutgers University (B.M. - 2002) and marimba virtuoso Leigh Howard Stevens.
Robert Dillon is a founding member of Third Coast Percussion, a dedicated teacher, and an active performer of contemporary and orchestral music in the Chicago area. He has also performed as a substitute with the Chicago, Boston and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared numerous times on the Chicago Symphony’s contemporary music series, MusicNOW, as well as the University of Chicago’s Contempo series alongside eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet.
For the 2007-8 season, Robert served as principal percussionist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the unique, international 12-percussionist Ensemble XII (formerly the Lucerne Festival Percussion Group), and has participated in Pierre Boulez’s Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).
In April of 2007, Robert gave the American premiere of the solo version of Christopher Adler’s “Signals Intelligence,” which he later recorded for a CD of Adler’s works released by Innova Records.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he received the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. His teachers include Michael Burritt, James Ross and Will Hudgins.
Owen Clayton Condon
Clay Condon made his solo debut in 1996 with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra after winning the orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. In 2000 he won the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, and performed with the Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra in Jordan Hall. Owen performs with the Millenium Chamber Players, and has performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the University of Chicago’s Contempo series, and as a guest artist with the Eighth Blackbird contemporary music group. Recently, he performed on behalf of Northwestern University at the Kennedy enter in Washington D.C. He holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Frank Epstein and Will Hudgins. Owen is completing his Doctorate of Music at Northwestern, where he studied with Michael Burritt and James Ross. He is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.