About Brady Spitz
Dr. Brady Spitz is Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College, and is a freelance percussionist in the Houston area. He has played principal timpani with the Amarillo Symphony and Acadiana Symphonies, as well as section percussion with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He also has extensive experience with contemporary percussion and chamber music in a diverse group of performance situations, working with contemporary groups like Houston’s Loop38 Ensemble to accompanying Broadway star Idina Menzel. He has given performances and clinics regionally, as well as performing at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions in 2005, 2008, and as a featured soloist with Hamiruge’s 2009 appearance. His current area of research is Lou Harrison’s American Gamelan repertoire and American Gamelan movement.
Dr. Spitz is a Doctoral graduate of Rice University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion, magna cum laude, from the University of North Texas College of Music and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Louisiana State University. His teachers include Matthew Strauss, Richard Brown, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Brett William Dietz, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Jim Atwood, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, and Ed Smith.
Previously, he was the front ensemble director and co-designer for the Northshore High School Indoor Percussion Program, a Scholastic World group that won four consecutive Texas State Championships, multiple WGI Regional Championships, and was a World Class Finalist at the 2014 WGI World Championships. He is also an accomplished private instructor and clinician. His full-time studio of students place highly in all of the state-wide solo competitions, receive consistent Superior Division UIL ratings in both solo and ensemble playing, and audition into some of the top colleges in the nation. As a clinician, Dr. Spitz has worked extensively with universities and public schools across the region.
Dr. Spitz is an endorser of Innovative Percussion.