Percussion and Drumming Festival at SU

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a free Percussion and Drumming Festival on Sunday, November 15th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd University campus. The event is free and open to the public and the instructional clinics are geared toward percussionists and drummers of all ages, including professionals, students, and enthusiasts.

Sponsored by Shepherd University Department of Music with the generous support of Grover Percussion, Pro Mark, Vic Firth, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian, the Shepherd University Percussion and Drumming Festival will feature Timpani Fundamentals with Michelle Humphreys, and a clinic on Mrudangam (South Indian classical percussion) with Rajna Swaminathan, as well as a performance by the Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, and an informal reception and chat session with the clinicians.

Dr. Michelle Humphreys teaches percussion at both Shepherd University and Morgan State University, and currently serves as president of the Maryland/Delaware chapter of Percussive Arts Society. She is principal percussionist for Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.), and Opera Vivente (Baltimore), and maintains a busy career performing as a classical percussionist and drummer. Dr. Humphreys earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University, where she won the Peggy and Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

Rajna Swaminathan is an accomplished artist in the field of South Indian classical percussion - Mrudangam. She is a disciple of Mrudangam maestro Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Rajna is one of the youngest among only a handful of female Mrudangam artists in the world. She has performed at leading institutions such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis). She has performed with many renowned musicians widely in the US and in India and also given Mrudangam accompaniment for several dance performances. She gives lecture demonstrations and workshops at prominent percussion events in the US. She has also learned piano and Bharathanaatyam (South Indian classical dance) for many years.

For more information contact Michelle Humphreys at 410-960-2771 or email