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Dr. Nicholas Terry

Associate Professor
Director of Percussion Studies
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Expertise: Percussionist; Contemporary classical music; Improvisation
Office Location: Oliphant Hall B09
Phone: (714) 744-2115
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Education:
Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts
California Institute of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts
University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts

Biography

Nick Terry is a percussionist and educator specializing in contemporary classical chamber music.  Currently based in Los Angeles, since 2005 his multi-faceted creative output has received critical acclaim from the Recording Academy (winner in 57thGrammy Awards, official nominee in 55thGrammy Awards), Percussive Arts Society (invited performer 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 International Conventions), iTunes (2014 Best of Classical Music), and National Public Radio (2017’s Top 10 Classical Albums).  His music has been called “mesmerizing, atmospheric, and supremely melodic” by the New York Times, and“representing the next generation in the evolution of modern percussion” by conductor Pierre Boulez.

Nick is a five-year alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he apprenticed alongside members of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, and Fritz Hauser. Terry received degrees in music performance from the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, and Eastern Illinois University. Currently, he serves as Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

premiere performance of composer Sean Heim's "e il naufragar m.e dolce in questo mare" in support of Danielle Struppa's inauguration as Chapman University's 13th President
with the Chapman Percussion Ensemble, performing works by Steve Reich and George Hamilton Green on tour throughout the Bay Area and Fresno, CA
Terry and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet receive corporate endorsements from leading percussion corporations, including: Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Inc., REMO, Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion
Terry performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet as part of the Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival (Irvine Valley College)
Terry and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet perform at California State University, San Bernardino
Terry leads masterclasses on rhythm and percussion ensemble rehearsals at the Orange County School of the Arts summer wind ensemble camp
Invited guest judge, Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival (Irvine Valley College)
Terry performs Sean Heim's Night Breath and the premiere of On Clear Mind by Taiwanese composer Chih-Chen Wei (Steinway Piano Gallery, Pasadena, CA)
Terry performs James Tenney's Cognate Patterns with the Eclipse Quartet at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA)
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet performs at the Ventura County Day of Percussion, also featuring the Chapman Percussion Ensemble
Terry leads the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in a recording session by major classical label Sono Luminus at Skywalker Sound studios (Marin, CA). Recording session features the music of Chapman faculty Sean Heim and Jeffrey Holmes. To be internationally released January 2012.
Terry hosts and performs at the 4th Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists, including the Hands On'Semble and Third Coast Percussion. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio
Terry, along with Dance faculty Liz Maxwell, co-present "the Collaborative Spirit", an evening of music and dance (Chapman University)
Terry performs the music of Don Crockett with LA new music ensemble XTET at the University of Southern California
Terry performs the music of Tom Flaugherty and Osvaldo Golijov with cellist Roger Lebow at Pomona College
Terry performs with LA most renowned new-music percussionists the music of Alberto Ginastera (Estancia Dances & Cantata para America Magica) at Jacaranda Music (Santa Monica, CA)
Terry performs with PARTCH at the REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles)
Terry presents a faculty recital of original compositions, featuring Chapman students and professional artists from Los Angeles.
Terry performs world premier of "Celestial Neighbors' by composer Adam Gilberti at UCLA's Popper Hall
Terry performs Sean Heim's "Neak Ta" with violist Susan Ung at the National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), and the Red Square Gallery (Hong Kong)
Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: 20th Central California Day of Percussion (sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, hosted by CalState, Fresno), Morrison Artist Series (San Francisco State University), Ventura College, Sacramento State University, California State University - Hayward & Bakersfield, University of California - Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Wooden Floor "True' (Irvine Barclay Theater)
Terry performs "Sur Incises" with Pierre Boulez at Walt Disney Concert Hall, celebrating the memory of Los Angeles Philharmonic director Ernest Fleischmann
Terry perform the music of Sean Heim (Neak Ta), with violist Susan Ung as part of 'a Confluence of Cultures: Music from the Pacific Rim' at Chapman University.
Terry hosts internationally-acclaimed percussion soloist Johannes Fischer. Terry performs and co-presents lecture/demonstrations with Fischer (Chapman University)
Terry hosts and performs at the 3rd Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists, including Swiss percussion artist Fritz Hauser. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio
Host and Adjudicator for 2nd Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival Solo Marimba Competition (Chapman University)
Adjudicator at Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held at Orange Lutheran High School
Terry arranges the music, rehearses, and coordinates Chapman Percussion Ensemble's performance as part of 2011 American Celebration (Chapman University)
Terry coaches young percussionists in the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of their fall retreat (Palomar Mountain, CA)
Terry performs along with Chapman Percussion Ensemble as part of "Music at the Malloy" series (Leatherby Library, Chapman University)
Terry performs the music of Charles Ives, Jacaranda Music (Santa Monica, CA)
Terry performs the music of Stephen Hartke with the University of Southern California Thornton Percussion Ensemble
Terry performs with the PARTCH Ensemble, REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (as part of Music & Art Concert Series)
Terry performs with Sharp Three (jazz trio) at Lotus Festival (Echo Park, Los Angeles)
Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: 3rd Chapman Percussion Symposium, University of Southern California, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), the California Institute of the Arts, ensemble-in-residence @ 2nd Los Angeles Composer Project, Records the music of David Johnson, Steve Forman, and Eric Guinivan (CalArts, summer 2010)
Terry is featured soloist and ensemble member at "Wilderness", composer Veronika Krausas' University of Southern California faculty recital.
Terry performs Chapman composition faculty Sean Heim's work 'Neak Ta" with violist Susan Ung, California Institute of the Arts
Terry performs a night of concert jazz music with the California Concert Artists (Sage Hill School, Newport, CA)
Terry is featured artist at the Fake Gallery (Hollywood, CA), performing the music of Veronika Krausas
Terry performs Pierre Boulez' 'Sur Incises' at the Kyoto Prize Symposium, University of San Diego
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Fall and Spring concerts, 2010.
Terry performs with Chapman Percussion Ensemble during 2010 Interterm recruiting tour, including live on-air performance on KPFK Radio (Los Angeles)
Adjudicator at Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held at CalState Fullerton
Host and Adjudicator for 1st Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival Solo Marimba Competition (Chapman University)
Nick Terry records the Lucerne Festival Commissions and the Complete Works of Fritz Hauser with Ensemble XII and Steve Schick at Warren Studios (UC, San Diego).
Nick Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: Woodbridge High School (Irvine), Chapman University, Renaissance Fine Arts Academy, Occidental College, Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), Music & Conversations (Los Angeles)
Nick Terry performs with Sharp Three (jazz trio) at 47th Annual Ani-Magic Conference in Palmdale, CA and 1st Annual Asian-American Festival (Cafe Metropol, Los Angeles)
Guest artist performance with Grammy-Winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird (University of Southern California)
Terry is featured soloist with Chapman University Choir (Winter Concert 2009)
Terry performs with PARTCH at International Book Fair (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Fall and Spring concerts, 2009.
Nick Terry performs solo alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble in Interterm recruiting tour throughout Orange County and Las Vegas.
Nick Terry solo faculty recital at Chapman University. Performs a solo composition by Chapman faculty Jeffrey Holmes.
Nick Terry performs with Argento Ensemble (New York) as part of the Monday Evening Concert Series (downtown Los Angeles).
Nick Terry performs and records Jeffrey Holmes' Nidhogg Trilogy, and participates in student-reading sessions with Ensemble Green (ensemble-in-residence at Chapman University)
Nick Terry performs as guest artist for University of Southern California's Primavera New Music Festival.
Nick Terry hosts the 2nd Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio, and is positively reviewed by California Chapter of Percussive Arts Society.
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Performances with Pierra Boulez, Ensemble Incontemporain, Fritz Hauser. Lucerne, Switzerland
PARTCH Ensemble. Performance at Jacaranda Music. Positive review by Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.
World premier of Chinary Ung's Spiral XII with Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Also performed, Lou Harrison La Koro Sutra.
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Spring 2008.