» Dr. Nicholas Terry
Assistant Professor

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Nicholas Terry
Director of Percussion Studies
Office Location:
Oliphant Hall B09
Phone:
(714) 744-2115
Email:
Website:
http://www.nickterrypercussion.com
Education
Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts
California Institute of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Performance
University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts
Biography

Dr. Nicholas Terry is a specialist in contemporary classical music.  Based in Los Angeles, he works with leading figures of 20th and 21st century music, performing on hundreds of percussion instruments.  With equal experience as an improviser and freely moving between popular and non-Western genres, he frequently performs as a drumset artist and on numerous traditional instruments of Cuba, Brazil, Africa, and India.

In 2005, Terry cofounded Ensemble XII, an international percussion orchestra to which Pierre Boulez asserts, “…represents the next generation in the evolution of modern percussion.”  Since 2004, he is a member of the Grammy-nominated PARTCH ensemble, a group devoted to the music of American microtonal composer Harry Partch.  He currently performs with and directs the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, recently nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for the 55th Grammy Awards.  His performances have been released on Albany Records, Innova, New World, ein Klang, Bridge, Capstone, and Sono Luminus.

He is a five-year alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy, working alongside members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and numerous renowned composers and performers of contemporary classical music.

Career highlights include performances with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Harrison Birtwhistle, Sofia Gubaidulina, Chinary Ung, Gavin Bryars, Steven Schick & red fish blue fish, Fritz Hauser, Eighth Blackbird, the California E.A.R. Unit, XTET, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Fairouz, and Miroslav Tadic.  Recent notable performances include Disney Concert Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Ojai Music Festival, Green Umbrella Concert Series, Monday Evening Concerts, Art of Elan, Music & Conversations, Jacaranda Music, Grand Performances, Microfest, Klangspuren Music Festival, and Davies Symphony Hall.

Terry is a graduate of the University of Southern California (DMA), the California Institute of the Arts (MFA), and Eastern Illinois University (BM).  He is the Director of Percussion Studies and Assistant Professor of Music in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, where he additionally lectures in non-Western and improvised music.  He is an artist endorser for Sabian Cymbals, REMO, and Innovative Percussion.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Terry and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet receive corporate endorsements from leading percussion corporations, including: Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Inc., REMO, Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion
Terry presents a talk on his creative work, and with the Los Angeles Apercussion Quartet, at the 47th Los Angeles Composer Salon (Venice, CA)
Terry's recorded performance released on David Rosenboom's In the Beginning (New World Records)
Terry was an invited guest artist/judge at the 2013 Inland Percussion Festival at California State Univeristy, San Bernardino
Terry performs the U.S. premiere of Lenz in Moscow by German composer Rolh Riehm that "rattled sanity and soul" (L.A. Times) as part of the Monday Evening Concerts
Terry collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich in a performance of his work Sextet (Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Terry performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet as part of the Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival (Irvine Valley College)
Terry and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet perform at California State University, San Bernardino
Terry performs with the Grammy-nominated PARTCH ensemble at their annual REDCAT Theater sold-out concerts. Their performance, entitled Eroica Dances, was immedaitely recorded for future release on Bridge Records
Terry performs with leading international percussion artists in Schallmachine Maximus, a performance installation at Agusta Raurica, the largest Roman amplitheater north of the Alps (Basel, Switzerland)
Terry performs with Ensemble XII at the Lucerne Festival, including the world premerie of Milica Djordjevic's Zapis
Terry performs with Adjunct Faculty member Dr. Justin DeHart in Riverside is Composing, an interactive series of workshops and performances with the graduate composition department at the University of California, Riverside.
Terry performs "delicately decisive marimba" at the Art of Elan Chamber Music Series (San Diego Museum of Art) alongside Adjunct Professor Dr. Justin DeHart
Terry leads masterclasses on rhythm and percussion ensemble rehearsals at the Orange County School of the Arts summer wind ensemble camp
Terry and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet are officially nominated in the 55th Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance, Best Surround Sound Album, and Producer of the Year (Classical)
Terry's recorded performances are released on Lotusblume, CD featuring a performance of Night Breath by Chapman faculty Sean Heim (ein Klang Records, Vienna)
Invited guest judge, Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival (Irvine Valley College)
Terry joins percussionists worldwide in performing (via web-streaming) Eric Satie's Vexations as part of Make Music New York
Terry performs the premeire of composer Ben Hackbarth's percussion+electronics composition, Am I a Particle or a Wave? (UC, San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center)
Terry "conveys rippling, lush textures" (L.A. Times) at a performance with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in Long Beach Opera's U.S. premeire of The Paper Nautilus by Gavin Bryars.
Terry performs Sean Heim's Night Breath and the premiere of On Clear Mind by Taiwanese composer Chih-Chen Wei (Steinway Piano Gallery, Pasadena, CA)
Terry performs James Tenney's Cognate Patterns with the Eclipse Quartet at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA)
Terry performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale's season opening gala event, entitled the Organ Extravaganza
Terry performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet for the Fullerton Friends of Music
Terry performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet as part of the People Inside Electronics series (Atwater Village, CA)
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet performs at the Ventura County Day of Percussion, also featuring the Chapman Percussion Ensemble
Terry leads the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in a recording session by major classical label Sono Luminus at Skywalker Sound studios (Marin, CA). Recording session features the music of Chapman faculty Sean Heim and Jeffrey Holmes. To be internationally released January 2012.
Terry hosts and performs at the 4th Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists, including the Hands On'Semble and Third Coast Percussion. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio
Terry, along with Dance faculty Liz Maxwell, co-present "the Collaborative Spirit", an evening of music and dance (Chapman University)
Terry performs the music of Don Crockett with LA new music ensemble XTET at the University of Southern California
Terry performs the music of Tom Flaugherty and Osvaldo Golijov with cellist Roger Lebow at Pomona College
Terry performs with LA most renowned new-music percussionists the music of Alberto Ginastera (Estancia Dances & Cantata para America Magica) at Jacaranda Music (Santa Monica, CA)
Terry performs with PARTCH at the REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles)
Terry presents a faculty recital of original compositions, featuring Chapman students and professional artists from Los Angeles.
Terry performs world premier of "Celestial Neighbors' by composer Adam Gilberti at UCLA's Popper Hall
Terry performs Sean Heim's "Neak Ta" with violist Susan Ung at the National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), and the Red Square Gallery (Hong Kong)
Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: 20th Central California Day of Percussion (sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, hosted by CalState, Fresno), Morrison Artist Series (San Francisco State University), Ventura College, Sacramento State University, California State University - Hayward & Bakersfield, University of California - Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Wooden Floor "True' (Irvine Barclay Theater)
Terry performs "Sur Incises" with Pierre Boulez at Walt Disney Concert Hall, celebrating the memory of Los Angeles Philharmonic director Ernest Fleischmann
Terry perform the music of Sean Heim (Neak Ta), with violist Susan Ung as part of 'a Confluence of Cultures: Music from the Pacific Rim' at Chapman University.
Terry hosts internationally-acclaimed percussion soloist Johannes Fischer. Terry performs and co-presents lecture/demonstrations with Fischer (Chapman University)
Terry hosts and performs at the 3rd Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists, including Swiss percussion artist Fritz Hauser. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio
Host and Adjudicator for 2nd Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival Solo Marimba Competition (Chapman University)
Adjudicator at Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held at Orange Lutheran High School
Terry arranges the music, rehearses, and coordinates Chapman Percussion Ensemble's performance as part of 2011 American Celebration (Chapman University)
Terry coaches young percussionists in the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of their fall retreat (Palomar Mountain, CA)
Terry performs along with Chapman Percussion Ensemble as part of "Music at the Malloy" series (Leatherby Library, Chapman University)
Terry performs the music of Charles Ives, Jacaranda Music (Santa Monica, CA)
Terry performs the music of Stephen Hartke with the University of Southern California Thornton Percussion Ensemble
Terry performs with the PARTCH Ensemble, REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (as part of Music & Art Concert Series)
Terry performs with Sharp Three (jazz trio) at Lotus Festival (Echo Park, Los Angeles)
Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: 3rd Chapman Percussion Symposium, University of Southern California, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), the California Institute of the Arts, ensemble-in-residence @ 2nd Los Angeles Composer Project, Records the music of David Johnson, Steve Forman, and Eric Guinivan (CalArts, summer 2010)
Terry is featured soloist and ensemble member at "Wilderness", composer Veronika Krausas' University of Southern California faculty recital.
Terry performs Chapman composition faculty Sean Heim's work 'Neak Ta" with violist Susan Ung, California Institute of the Arts
Terry performs a night of concert jazz music with the California Concert Artists (Sage Hill School, Newport, CA)
Terry is featured artist at the Fake Gallery (Hollywood, CA), performing the music of Veronika Krausas
Terry performs Pierre Boulez' 'Sur Incises' at the Kyoto Prize Symposium, University of San Diego
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Fall and Spring concerts, 2010.
Terry performs with Chapman Percussion Ensemble during 2010 Interterm recruiting tour, including live on-air performance on KPFK Radio (Los Angeles)
Adjudicator at Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held at CalState Fullerton
Host and Adjudicator for 1st Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival Solo Marimba Competition (Chapman University)
Nick Terry records the Lucerne Festival Commissions and the Complete Works of Fritz Hauser with Ensemble XII and Steve Schick at Warren Studios (UC, San Diego).
Nick Terry directs and performs with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet in the greater Los Angeles area: Woodbridge High School (Irvine), Chapman University, Renaissance Fine Arts Academy, Occidental College, Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), Music & Conversations (Los Angeles)
Nick Terry performs with Sharp Three (jazz trio) at 47th Annual Ani-Magic Conference in Palmdale, CA and 1st Annual Asian-American Festival (Cafe Metropol, Los Angeles)
Guest artist performance with Grammy-Winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird (University of Southern California)
Terry is featured soloist with Chapman University Choir (Winter Concert 2009)
Terry performs with PARTCH at International Book Fair (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Fall and Spring concerts, 2009.
Nick Terry performs solo alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble in Interterm recruiting tour throughout Orange County and Las Vegas.
Nick Terry solo faculty recital at Chapman University. Performs a solo composition by Chapman faculty Jeffrey Holmes.
Nick Terry performs with Argento Ensemble (New York) as part of the Monday Evening Concert Series (downtown Los Angeles).
Nick Terry performs and records Jeffrey Holmes' Nidhogg Trilogy, and participates in student-reading sessions with Ensemble Green (ensemble-in-residence at Chapman University)
Nick Terry performs as guest artist for University of Southern California's Primavera New Music Festival.
Nick Terry hosts the 2nd Chapman Percussion Symposium. Performances by international artists. Symposium is promoted on KPFK Radio, and is positively reviewed by California Chapter of Percussive Arts Society.
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. Performances with Pierra Boulez, Ensemble Incontemporain, Fritz Hauser. Lucerne, Switzerland
PARTCH Ensemble. Performance at Jacaranda Music. Positive review by Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.
World premier of Chinary Ung's Spiral XII with Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disnet Concert Hall. Also performed, Lou Harrison La Koro Sutra.
Terry performs alongside Chapman Percussion Ensemble, Spring 2008.