Alison Shaw, Solo Percussion
Alison Shaw enjoys a celebrated reputation as a performing percussionist, master teacher and clinician. She has embraced chamber music, orchestral performance and solo artistry, and has distinguished herself as an award-winning soloist and interpreter of new music. She has performed and premiered a combination of over 25 solo and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe. She has also served as principal percussionist and timpanist with many American orchestras, and currently serves as principal timpanist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. additionally, she tours and records as principal timpanist with the internationally acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek. Her work as a recording artist can be heard on the Equilibrium, Dorian, Albany, Mark, BBBC and FIM labels, and her debut solo CD, Signs of Intelligent Life is released on the Eroica Classics label. Highlights from this past season include performances in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, Illinois and colorado, and the world-premiere of Xyprexia, a new commission from American Composer Dan McCarthy for percussion soloist and percussion ensemble and the premiere of Into the Mists, a new work from Evan Hause for solo percussion and mixed ensemble.
An advocate of contemporary chamber music, she is executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective, a mixed-instrumentation Quintet, whose CD Cold Water, Dry Stone has received critical acclaim. This CD (on the Albany label) features the music of quorum's composer in residence, Evan Chambers. Under Shaw's direction, Quorum has established the Fox River Chamber Music Festival in the greater Fox Cities in Wisconsin. The 2006 inaugural season of this annual festival produced five concerts featuring five world-premieres, with five notable composers in residence for the festival's activitites.
Shaw also tours and performs with the percussion/tuba duo, Balance, a collaboration that has produced several commissions and premieres for this unique combination in addition to transcriptions of popular and folk music. Balance's first CD Kraftwerk, is in production and will be released in the fall of 2006.
Currently on the music faculty of The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she has served on the music faculties of Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eastern New Mexico University, The Interlochen Center for the Arts and Musikverein und Festival in Estenfeld, Germany. She is active on the International Percussive Arts Society College (PAS) Pedagogy Committee, and is an Associate Editor (keyboard) of Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. In addition, she has served PAS as the New Mexico chapter vice-president, and Michigan chapter president.
Shaw earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Arizona, where she was awarded The College of Fine Arts Creative Achievement Award, and received her Masters and Doctoral degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music, where she was named The James Salmon-Charles Owen Memorial Percussion Scholar.