Emerson Wahl, MMus: percussionist/educator/composer

Emerson Elias Wahl, MMus: percussionist/educator/composer

4315 7th Ave NE, Apt. 107 • Seattle, WA United States 98105 • (818) 610-9887 • emersonwahl@yahoo.com • emersonwahl.com

 

Education

2016 - 2018  University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

Master of Music in Percussion  GPA: 3.8

2013 - 2016  California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA 

Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance  GPA: 3.8

2008 - 2013  Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA 

2009 - 2011  Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA 

Associate of arts in performance (Drums)

 

Performance Experience: Orchestral

2016 - Present  Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

Percussionist

      Includes performances of orchestral music in the greater Seattle area

 

2016  Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

Substitute Percussionist

2016 - 2018  University of Washington Symphony Orchestra

Principal Timpanist

      Includes performances at Benaroya Hall under Ludovic Morlot and side by side concerts with Seattle Symphony Orchestra

 

2014 - Present  West Coast Symphony, Santa Barbara, CA

Substitute Percussionist

      Includes performances at the Santa Barbara Sunken Gardens.

 

2013 - 2016  CA State University, Northridge Symphony Orchestra

Section Percussion

2015 - 2016  CA State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble

Section Percussion

      Includes a tour in Illinois with a performance at Chicago Symphony Center

 

2012 - 2014  Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds

Section Percussion

      Includes a two-week tour to China playing at various prestigious concert halls

 

2010 - 2011  Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly Hills, CA

Section Percussion

      Includes a performance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

 

2010 - 2011  San Fernando Valley Symphony, CA

Section Percussion

 

Performance Experience: Chamber

2016 - Present  The Sound Ensemble, Seattle, WA

Substitute Percussionist

      Includes performances of new music in the greater Seattle area.

 

2016 - Present  Inverted Space Ensemble, Seattle, WA

Substitute Percussionist

      Includes performances of new music and experimental music in the greater Seattle area

 

2013 - Present  Palmquist/Wahl Duo

Percussion

      Percussion duo with Jonathan Palmquist

      Includes performances of original arrangements in the Los Angeles area

 

2017  New Music On The Point, Vermont

Percussion

      Performed the music of Christian Wolff under the composer himself

      Premiered pieces by Eve Beglarian, Kyle Lewis, and Haotian Yu 

      Collaborated with members of JACK Quartet

 

2016 - 2018  Modern Music Ensemble (University of Washington), United States

Percussionist

      Includes performances under conductors Ludovic Morlot and Stephen Drury at University of Washington

 

2016 - 2018  University of Washington Percussion Ensemble

 

2015 - 2016  Discovery Players, Northridge, CA

Percussion

      Percussion and flute duet with Charlotte Betry

      Includes performances in Northridge, CA


 

 

2013 - 2016  CA State University, Northridge Percussion Ensemble

 

2009 - 2010  Red & Purple

Drummer

      Progressive latin-soul quintet including performances throughout the greater Los Angeles area

 

2009 - 2012  Wahlflower Jazz Trio, Tarzana, CA

Drums

      Resident ensemble at Kravings Fusion Steakhouse every Friday evening

      Perform jazz standards and original material

      Collaborations with: Wesley Singerman, Rogét Chahayed, Taylor Dexter, Brad Rabuchin, Edwin West, and Michael Nadell

 

2008 - 2009  Knife Jockeys

Drummer/Composer

      Indie-rock octet including various performances throughout the greater Los Angeles area

 

2003 - 2010  The Unborn

Drums

      Progressive metal quintet, including performances throughout the greater Los Angeles area

 

 

Performance Experience: Solo

2018  Master's Degree Recital at University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Percussion

      Includes the world premiere of "oh n(o)w... roar all over and over again" by Katharina Rosenberger

 

2017  New Music On The Point, Leicester, Vermont

Percussion

      World premiere of a graphic score by Gu Wei entitled "Impressions of Lake Dunmore"

      Commissioned by Emerson Wahl

 

2016  Bachelor of Music Degree Recital at CSUN, Northridge, CA

Percussion

      Includes the world premiere of John Magnussen's vibraphone arrangement of "Here Comes The Sun" (commissioned by Emerson Wahl)

 

2015 - 2016  Noon Concerts at California State University, Northridge

Marimba and Vibraphone

      Multiple performances of the music of Gordon Stout, George Harrison, and Jimmy Van Heusen

 

2011 - 2012  Free Thursday Concerts at Los Angeles Pierce College

      Multiple performances of J.S. Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major, on marimba

 

2010  Guitar Merchant, Canoga Park, CA

Guitar and Drums

      Performance of original compositions and Bossa Nova arrangements

 

 

University Teaching Experience

2016 - 2018  University of Washington, Seattle, WA United States

Teaching Assistant

      Teach private applied lessons to undergraduate students

      Maintain department equipment and expand inventory

      Manage logistics for any concert involving percussion

      Occasionally lead studio class

      Occasionally lead percussion ensemble

 

 

High School Teaching Experience

2015 - 2016  Grant High School, Van Nuys, CA

Drumline Instructor

      Run rehearsals weekly

      Teach the drumline their parts

      Teach the drumline fundamentals of reading music

      Teach the drumline rudiments

      Teach the drumline marching

      Choose cadences

      Assign leadership roles to the students

      Maintain percussion department equipment and expand inventory

 

 

Other Teaching Experience

2018 - Present  Meter Music School, Seattle, WA United States

Percussion

      Teach private lessons for percussion, drum set, and guitar

      Create a relevant, fresh, and challenging curriculum

      Make accurate transcriptions for students

      Assign weekly assignments to students

      Understand short-term and long-term goals of students

 

2018 - Present  Young Whiz, Bellevue, WA United States

Music Instructor

      Teach two groups of kids (ages 3-5), children's songs

      Introduce the children to percussion instruments

 

2013 - Present  TakeLessons

Music Instructor

      Teach private lessons for percussion, drum set, and guitar

      Create a relevant, fresh, and challenging curriculum

      Make accurate transcriptions for students

      Assign weekly assignments to students

      Understand short-term and long-term goals of students

 

2013 - 2015  Foothills Music Academy, Sunland, CA

Music Instructor

      Teach private lessons for percussion, drum set, and guitar

      Create a relevant, fresh, and challenging curriculum

      Make accurate transcriptions for students

      Assign weekly assignments to students

      Understand short-term and long-term goals of students

 

2008 - 2010  Guitar Merchant, Canoga Park, CA

Music Instructor

      Teach private lessons for percussion, drum set, and guitar

      Create a relevant, fresh, and challenging curriculum

      Make accurate transcriptions for students

      Assign weekly assignments to students

      Understand short-term and long-term goals of students

 

2006 - Present  Emerson Wahl Private Music Instruction

Music Instructor

      Teach private lessons for percussion, drum set, and guitar

      Create a relevant, fresh, and challenging curriculum

      Make accurate transcriptions for students

      Assign weekly assignments to students

      Understand short-term and long-term goals of students

 

 

Festivals

2018  Northwest Percussion Festival, Salem, Oregon

Master-classes with: Nancy Zeltsman, Colin Currie, and Dr. Pius Cheung

 

2017  New Music On The Point, Leicester, Vermont

Percussion

      Formative mentoring from Jan Williams and Stuart Gerber

      Master-classes with: Christian Wolff, Jan Williams, Tania Leon, Kate Soper, Eve Beglarian, Amy Williams, Tony Arnold, JACK Quartet, Timothy Munro, and Ursula Oppens

      Performed under the baton of Christian Wolff

 

2017  Northwest Percussion Festival, Bellingham, WA

      Master-classes with: Mantra Percussion and Tristan Perich

 

 

Recordings: Ensemble

2015  Jessica Riddle Music: I Like Mine

Drums/Percussion

      Recorded all live drums and percussion for Jessica Riddle's I Like Mine album

 

2012  Doug Tidstrand Music: Everything I Am

Drums

      Played all live drums for Doug Tidstrand's album Everything I Am

 

2010  Red & Purple

Drums

      Space Lovers EP

 

2008  Knife Jockeys

Drums/Composition

      Knife Jockeys EP

 

2005 - 2010  The Unborn

Drums/Composition

      Facecrime EP

      Slaves EP

      The Tunnels (Single)

      Us And The Moon EP

 

2001 - 2004  The Exit Signs

Drums

      Admiration EP

      I Guess EP

      The Spiral EP

 

 

Recordings: Solo

2015  Farewell Anthem

Composition/Glockenspiel/Guitar/Vocals

      Single, recorded by DB Music Studios
 

      Featuring: Rogét Chahayed, Taylor Dexter, and Tigran Nersissian

 

2012  Greenhouse Suite

Composition/Drums/Guitar/Keyboards/Percussion/Vocals

      Six track solo album released in 2012

      Recorded at DB Music Studios

 

 

Research

2018  Transience and Thunder: A Lecture Recital, Seattle, WA

      A lecture recital on works by Morton Feldman, Philippe Manoury, and Katharina Rosenberger

      Given at University of Washington in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music degree

      Includes original research

 

2014  Putting Percussion at the Forefront: William Kraft

      An essay on William Kraft's Concerto for Four Percussion Soloists and Orchestra, written after a series of interviews with the composer himself

 

 

Related Skills

2008  Studio Assistant, Los Angeles, CA

      Studio Assistant for the recording of David Cook's self-titled album

      Produced by Rob Cavallo and released by the RCA label

 

 

Awards and Scholarships

      Alcor Endowed scholarship: University of Washington (2016-2018)

      Danielle Salyer Memorial Scholarship in recognition of musical and academic excellence: awarded by Wayne "Skip" Perkins, chair of the music department at Los Angeles Pierce College (2013)

 

 

Other Performance/Arrangement/Composition Areas

 

      Conducting experience at California State University, Northridge

      Transcribing experience: various in depth and accurate drum set transcriptions

      Experience composing études for drum set and orchestral instruments: includes formative composition mentoring from William Kraft

      Composition: over seven original compositions

      Arrangements: two arrangements for percussion ensemble

 

 

Primary teachers

      Dr. Bonnie Whiting, University of Washington, Chair of Percussion Studies

      Mr. Raynor Carroll, Former Principal Percussion; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

      Mr. Michael Crusoe, Former Principal Timpani; Seattle Symphony Orchestra

      Mr. Aaron T. Smith, Former Principal Timpani; New Mexico Symphony

      Mr. John Magnussen, Extra Percussion; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

References

      Dr. Bonnie Whiting, Chair of Percussion Studies;
University of Washington; (812) 589-4081

      Mr. Raynor Carroll, Former Principal Percussion and Timpani;

Los Angeles Philharmonic; (626) 644-0981

      Mr. William Kraft, Former Principal Timpani;

Los Angeles Philharmonic; (626) 644-0981

 

 

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