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© 2019 Brady Spitz

Houston, Texas

Education

Rice University  

Graduation: 2019 

Doctor of Musical Arts - Percussion Performance

Dissertation: Lou Harrison’s “Old Granddad”: A Composer’s Guide

 

Louisiana State University  

Graduation: 2010                                                                
Master of Music - Percussion Performance

The University of North Texas                                                             

Graduation: 2008

Bachelor of Music - Applied Performance | Minor in Music Theory

Magna Cum Laude with Honors

Areas of Expertise and Experience

Classical and orchestral percussion | Contemporary chamber music performance and coaching | Drum set and popular music styles | Contemporary marching percussion | Afro-Cuban music and Latin jazz | The music of Lou Harrison and American Gamelan | Instrument and Gamelan building | Javanese and Balinese Gamelan performance | Intermedia and electro-acoustic performance, including MIDI and electronic percussion | Music engraving and publication | South Indian Carnatic theory and relationships to contemporary performance and teaching practice | Theory-Performance relationships in post-tonal music

College Teaching Experience

Houston Baptist University  (2018 - Present)

Adjunct Professor of Percussion

  • Studio instruction, including private lessons and masterclasses in percussion (MUSI 11P1/32P1)

  • Teach percussion methods and techniques course for Music Education majors (MUED 2182). This includes technical fundamentals and pedagogical concepts on snare drum, mallets, and timpani. Also included are pedagogical concepts for marching, concert, and chamber ensembles; introduction to world percussion

  • Helped instruct marching and concert ensemble rehearsals

  • Assist in lectures for Secondary Education classes for Music Education majors on professional and pedagogical topics

 

Houston Community College  (2018 - Present)

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion                                                        

  • Instruction in all facets of percussion, for majors and non-majors, including drum set, marimba, snare drum, and timpani (MUAP 1157/2157/2158); Studio class in performance concepts, accessory techniques, and professional topics (MUAP 2159/2160)

  • Also taught Music Theory III and Music Fundamentals, including generating all course content, lectures, exams, and supplementary materials

 

Lone Star College - Tomball  (2017 - 2018)

Adjunct Percussion Instructor

  • Private instruction in drum set, marimba, snare drum, and timpani (MUAP 1157/1257/1258/2157)

 

Stephen F. Austin University  (September 2016)

Guest Clinician

 

Sam Houston State University  (October 2013)

Guest Clinician

 

Louisiana State University  (2008 - 2010)

Wind Studies Teaching Assistant

  • One of three graduate assistants responsible for primary oversight of the Tiger Marching Band​

  • Taught Wind Ensemble and other bands’ percussion sections

Large Projects and Community Engagement

"I Am My Future", Harris County Youth Village  (2018 - 2019)

  • Collaboration with Houston Grand Opera and Harris County Juvenile Detention System

  • Part of an educational team that is helping inmates of the Harris County Juvenile Detention System write and produce an opera as part of their rehabilitation/release program

 

HUB Gamelan, The HUB School Houston  (2018)

  • Designed curriculum for neuro-diverse students to build instruments and perform

  • Integration of social skills, construction and life skills, and cultural exchange through music

 

Home of Hope Performances  (2018)                                                     

  • Created a performance and therapy series for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking

 

Education Encounters, Da Camera Young Artists  (2017 - 2019)                                                         

  • Created “Landfill Harmonic” presentation about recycling and environmentalism in music; led the presentation for K-6th classes, including building instruments out of reused materials

  • Led “I Am Jam” presentation on figurative language for K-6th students

  • “Simple Drum Song” presentation about using descriptive language in journalism for K-6th students

  • Led “Music and Weather” presentation about weather and earth science for K-6th students

Music for 18 Musicians, Rice University  (2015)                                                     

  • Organized and led performance in one of Steve Reich’s masterworks

  • Facilitated instrumentalists, singers, and sound production teams

Rhythm Adventures Camp  (2011 - 2012)

  • Created summer camp for Junior High percussionists to learn more advanced ensemble skills, including an introduction to world music and drum set

Selected Performance Experience

Large Ensemble and Orchestra

Substitute Percussion, Houston Symphony  (2015 - Present)

Substitute Percussion, San Antonio Symphony  (2018 - Present)

Substitute Percussion, Houston Ballet Orchestra  (2016 - Present)

Substitute Principal Timpani, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra  (2015 - Present)

Substitute Percussion, Hawaii Symphony  (2016)

Shepherd Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall Tour  (2016)

  • Program included Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and a premiere of a work by Pierre Jalbert

  • Wrote program notes for all performances

Substitute Percussion, Houston Grand Opera  (2015)

Round Top Music Festival  (2015)

Principal Timpani, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra  (2010 - 2011)

Substitute Percussion, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra  (2009)

Section Percussion, Baton Rouge Sinfonietta  (2008)

Principal Percussion, UNT Symphony Orchestra  (2007 - 2008)

  • Included in search committee for new Music Director in 2008

Dallas Bach Society, Timpanist  (2007)

 

Chamber

Young Artist Fellow, Da Camera of Houston   (2017 - Present)

  • Performances at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Menil Collection Museum, among others

 

Arrivals and Departures: Cage, Cunningham, and Johns  (2018)

  • Collaboration with Merce Cunningham Trust, The Menil Collection, and the Houston Ballet

 

Loop38 Contemporary Ensemble  (2018)

  • Houston premiere of Ashley Fure’s “Albatross”

 

L’Histoire du Soldat Performance  (2018)

  • Collaboration with Rice faculty members Ben Kamins, Timothy Pitts, and Kathleen Winkler

 

Veterans Day Celebration – St. Martin’s Episcopal Church  (2018)

  • Honored Guests: Fmr. President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, James and Mrs. Baker

 

Hear&Now Ensemble Performances  (2014 - 2017)

 

Music for 18 Musicians Performance  (2015)

  • Organized and led 25 musicians (percussion, strings, winds, and voices) in an hour-long performance of the Steve Reich masterpiece

 

UNT Percussion Ensembles  (2003 - 2008)

  • Performance at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (2007)

  • Performed with Keiko Abe and Percussion Ensemble Japan (2005)

  • Helped found the first Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, served as Kendhang (leader)

  • Indoor Drumline showcase at PASIC 2005

  • Pop Percussion Ensemble performances with guests Airto Moreira, Michael Spiro, Steve Smith

 

Solo

Da Camera of Houston  (2016 - 2017)

  • Solo performances at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Menil Collection

Solo Recital, Rice University  (2016)

Chamber Recital, Rice University  (2015)

Solo Recitals, Louisiana State University  (2009 - 2010)

Showcase Concert, Percussive Arts Society International Convention  (2009)

  • Featured vibraphone soloist for the premier of Fleeting Revenence by Christopher Deane

Senior Recital, University of North Texas  (2008)

 

Theater and Drum Set                                                    

Percussionist, Queensbury Theatre  (2016 - Present)

Drum Set, Theatre Under the Stars Houston  (2017)

Percussionist, Music Box Theatre Company  (2016)

Percussionist, Wildfish Theatre Company  (2010 - 2016)

Percussionist, Oklahoma Shakespearian Festival  (2006 - 2007)

 

 

Auditions                                                   

Audition Finalist, Houston Ballet Orchestra – Section Percussion  (2017)

Advanced at Audition, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra – Percussion/Asst. Timpani  (2016) 

Won, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra – Principal Timpani  (2011)

 

 

Masterclasses                                          

David Herbert (Chicago Symphony) Masterclasses  (2015 - 2016)

Svet Stoyanov (University of Miami) Masterclasses  (2015 - 2017)

Jeremy Branson (Pittsburgh Symphony) Masterclass  (2015)

PASIC Symphonic Timpani Lab Participant  (2008)

  • Masterclass with Peter Kogan, Minnesota Orchestra

Percussion Group Cincinnati Coaching  (2007)

Michael Spiro Masterclass  (2006)

Doug Howard (Dallas Symphony) Masterclass  (2006)

Keiko Abe Masterclass  (2005)

Jimmy Cobb Masterclass  (2005)

Ed Stephan (San Francisco Symphony) Masterclass  (2004)

James Ross (Chicago Symphony) Masterclass  (2004)