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Craig Shields

Lecturer
Percussion
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Oliphant Hall

Biography

Craig Shields is a percussionist, dance collaborator, and member of the Latin alt-folk band Cuñao. Prior training includes extensive work in contemporary chamber music, musical theatre, orchestral percussion, and a brief stint with Blue Man Group. He holds degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Chapman University ('12).

In addition to the band Cuñao, Craig regularly performs with Duende Flamenco and at various special events throughout the year, including Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, and Holiday Cheer at The Grove.

Craig has appeared with a variety of artists in past years, including the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Efflorescence, Eighteen-Squared, Alih Jey, and Nancy Sanchez. He has recently created original works for dance alongside such artists as Chelsea Asman, Jeremy Hahn, Rayven Armijo, and Alexx Shilling.

Craig provides live music for modern and ballet technique classes at CSU Fullerton and the Contemporary Modern Dance Collective, and has previously accompanied for Chapman University, Backhausdance, The Wooden Floor, and Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones.