Indianapolis Symphony / Butler University - United States
OverviewCraig Hetrick, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, is currently the Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in 1992, Mr. Hetrick has recorded seven CD’s for London/Decca and Koss Classic records, toured Europe, and performed as a chamber soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions. Prior to joining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hetrick performed with the Baltimore and Delaware Symphonies, was Principal Percussionist for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Timpanist with the Columbus Pro Musica Orchestra.
Mr. Hetrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, where his major teacher were Christopher Williams (Principal Percussion, Baltimore Symphony) and Harvey Price, and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with George Gaber and Gerald Carlyss. While at I.U., he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, and was selected to perform the solo work Set Up Music, by Maurice Wright, in Carnegie Hall. His other teachers include William Schinstine, Jim Chapin, and Alan Abel.
As a performer on drum set, Mr. Hetrick plays with the ISO on Pops concerts, and the jazz group Equinox, most recently seen at the International Formula One race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has toured extensively in the United States with Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Elgart, and Al Cobine. Hetrick also performed with Dominic Spera’s jazz ensemble at IU, and while in high school, with the American Youth Jazz Band, which included a European tour.
Besides recordings with the Indianapolis Symphony, Mr. Hetrick can be heard with other Indiana University faculty on David Baker’s chamber work, “Homage a L’Histoire, from Bay Chamber Concerts on Cala records. His other recordings include a two-disc set with Randy Carmichael, son of famous Hoosier Hoagie Carmichael, entitled Carmichael Sings Carmichael.
As a composer, his composition Tip of the Andes, published by Southern Music, has been performed by percussion ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, including a performance in Washington, D.C. by the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Tip of the Andes won first place in the Delaware State Music Teachers Association Composition Competition, and has been reviewed in Percussive Notes magazine.
A well-respected educator, Mr. Hetrick teaches at Butler University, and has been a Visiting Professor of Percussion at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Mr. Hetrick has presented clinics on orchestral percussion at PASIC 2004 and 2009, and also for Indiana’s PAS Day of Percussion, Bands of America, and Ball State University.
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