Douglas Perkins

Douglas PerkinsDouglas Perkins specializes in new works for percussion as a chamber musician and soloist. This has taken him to stages and festivals throughout North America and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Spoleto USA Festival, the Walker Arts Center and the World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. He was a founding member of the percussion quartet So Percussion and is presently hard at work with the Meehan/ Perkins Duo.

His collaborations focus on the creation of new music for percussion. Along those lines, he has worked with such composers as David Lang, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, John Zorn, Lois Vierk, Martin Bresnick, Stuart Saunders Smith, Evan Ziporyn, John Luther Adams, and Paul Lansky. He has performed with the Inernational Conemporary Ensemble, Camerata Pacifica, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Ballettech, The Percussion Group Cincinnati, Max Roach’s percussion group M’ Boom and Matmos. Additionally, Doug has been heard of NPR stations throughout the US and has record for Cantaloupe Music and Summit Records.

In addition to teaching percussion and directing the percussion ensemble at Franklin Pierce, Douglas teaches percussion, chamber music and Directs the Contemporary Music Lab at Dartmouth College. He also performs residencies and gives masterclasses at such institutions as Julliard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Texas, and Peabody.

Doug received his Bachelor's degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Jim Culley, and the Masters and Artist Diploma degrees from Yale University, where he studied with Robert Van Sice. He performs with ProMark Drumsticks and Mallets and uses Pearl/ Adams Musical Instruments.

Franklin Pierce University Percussion Ensemble Percussion Ensemble
The Franklin Pierce Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to finding the new. We explore new ways of hearing sounds and new ways of making music, using improvisation, “group composition,” and pieces by the group’s members. We explore the meanings of these words “composition” and “improvisation” through rehearsing, discussing, and performing our own unique music.

Contact Doug Perkins: perkinsd@franklinpierce.edu