Dr. Tony Oliver
Augustana College - United States
OverviewTony Oliver directs the percussion ensemble and teaches applied percussion, percussion methods, and music appreciation at Augustana College and at Monmouth College, where he is also Assistant Director of Instrumental Activities. Away from the college environment, he is often called upon to be a clinician and adjudicator for percussion events, and is particularly involved in the New Horizons Music program, a life-long learning environment designed around the older adult musician. In conjunction with this program, he has taught at numerous camps and workshops throughout the United States. As a performer, he is the solo percussionist and timpanist for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the contemporary-music ensemble The Society for Chromatic Art, which specializes in classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in addition to premiering works by emerging composers. A number of chamber and solo engagements round out his performance schedule each year. Recent and upcoming performances involve individual or joint commissions of new works for percussion.
He received degrees from the University of Iowa (BM, MA), where he studied with Thomas L. Davis, and from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (DMA), where he was a graduate fellow and studied with She-e Wu. Dr. Oliver is a regional education artist for Pearl/Adams percussion, a Sabian cymbal artist, and proprietor of Curving Walkway Publications, whose percussion publications have been performed throughout North America and Europe.