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Adam Groh

Graceland University
Assistant Professor of Percussion
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Adam Groh, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a percussionist with a diverse performing and teaching background.  He is an ardent supporter of new solo and chamber music for percussion, and has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Ian Dicke, Ethan Frederick Greene, Steven Snowden, Eli Fieldsteel, Christopher Cerrone, Brian Nozny, Chris Ozley, Martin Bresnick, John Serry, and Halim El-Dabh.  He has recently been invited to perform at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada, Fast Forward Austin, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the 2011 Electric LaTex Festival of new electroacoustic music.  As an active chamber musician, Adam has performed alongside So Percussion, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and with the Austin Chamber Music Center.  He was also a featured performer with the Denkyem Percussion Group in the "Promising Artists of the 21st Century" festival hosted by the North American Cultural Center, Costa Rica. 

Adam has performed with the Des Moines, Round Rock, Victoria, Tallahassee, Chautauqua, and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras.  In the fall of 2009 Adam performed in the Ringling International Arts Festival under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano.  Also a passionate educator, Adam has presented clinics at events such as The Midwest Clinic, the Texas and Iowa Music Educators Association Conventions, and multiple PAS-sponsored Days of Percussion.     

Adam has had articles published in both Percussive Notes, the official research journal of the Percussive Arts Society, and Rhythm! Scene and he is the author of the popular percussion blog “The State of Our Art.” He also serves as a Contributing Editor to DrumChattr, an online resource for percussionists, where he contributes a weekly column. 

Adam is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program, serves as Music Department Coordinator, and holds the Dwight and Ruth Vredenburg Endowed Chair in Music.  Adam received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Truman State University.  His primary teachers include: Dr. Thomas Burritt, Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Michael Bump, and Will James of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Adam is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Beetle Percussion.  



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