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Fellows and Teaching Artists – Percussion & Timpani

Meet the Percussion & Timpani Teaching Artists

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Joseph Pereira

timpani

ABOUT
Distinction
The Marilyn & Richard Mazess Chair in Timpani
Residency
Various festival weeks

Joseph Pereira (1974) enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist/percussionist, composer, conductor, and teacher. His work in all areas has been widely hailed for his creativity and virtuosity, and has been profiled in feature articles in both The New York Times (2006) and The Los Angeles Times in 2012 and 2015. In 2015 Pereira was featured on the PBS series, “Craft in America”.

Pereira has been the Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2008. As a versatile performer, Pereira is in demand as an orchestral timpanist, studio recording percussionist. He regularly appears as a solo percussionist in the orchestra’s “Green Umbrella” new music series and has also conducted his music and other world premieres on the orchestra’s chamber series. In Los Angeles, he also can be found in the recording studios and can be heard on many major motion pictures. Previously Pereira was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1997 to 2008, as a timpanist and percussionist. His line of signature timpani mallets by JGPercussion are sold worldwide.

Pereira currently runs the percussion studio at USC Thornton School of Music, and is also on the faculty of the Music Academy, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan. Pereira was previously on the faculty of The Juilliard School, from 2004-2012.

As a composer, Pereira’s music has been described as “restless yet lucidly textured” (The New York Times), “striking atmospherics of colour” (The Guardian), and “one sonic surprise after another” (The Los Angeles Times). His works have been commissioned and performed worldwide, most notably by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, the Singapore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series, the Miro Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, percussionist Colin Currie, Duo Harpverk, French Ensemble TM+, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. In 2013 the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet recorded his piece Repousse’ (2009), which was nominated for three 2013 Grammy Awards. The following year LAPQ recorded Pereira’s Mallet Quartet (2013), and it was rated “Best of 2014 Classical Music” on iTunes. Pereira’s works can be heard on Sono Luminus, Yarlung Records, and New Focus Recordings. His works are published in the US by Bachovich Music and Black Dot Press in London.

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Michael Werner

percussion, orchestral studies

ABOUT
Distinction
The Marilyn & Richard Mazess Chair in Percussion
Alumni
1990
Residency
Festival weeks 0-8

Before joining the Seattle Symphony as Principal Percussionist in the fall of 2009, Michael Werner was a percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera for 13 years, and Principal Percussionist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for two years.

Mr. Werner is currently the Principal Percussionist at the Seattle Symphony, and was also acting Principal for the 2014-2015 season at the LA Philharmonic, including the 2015 Asia Tour. In the spring of 2016 he was invited to perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as a Percussion Teacher and Guest Artist. In 2014, Michael was the featured soloist at The Seattle Symphony Orchestra where he performed F. Gruber’s “Rough Music Concerto”. Michael has performed with The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony,  The Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, The Metropolitan Opera Percussion Ensemble,The Seattle Chamber Music Society,The Canadian Brass and Empire Brass Ensembles, and at The Santa Barbara International Percussion Festival.

Mr. Werner has been a faculty member at The Mannes School of Music in New York since 2002. He has served as a Clinician and Instructor for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Percussive Arts Society, The New World Symphony, Oberlin Percussion Institute, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The New England Conservatory. He also serves as an Artist and Clinician for Pearl Percussion, Zildjian Symbols, and Freer Percussion.

Michael started his secondary studies at the Eastman School of Music, under John Beck. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Wiener. Michael also studied with Tom Freer at Cleveland State University.

An alumnus of the Music Academy of the West (1990), Mr. Werner has been a faculty member since 2005.

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Meet the Fellows

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Mary La Blanc

percussion / timpani

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Laguna Hills, California
School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Carole MacElhenny
Scholarship Donor
Marilyn and Dick Mazess Scholarship in Percussion
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Mary is currently earning her master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Daniel Druckman;
  • She competed in the 2021 International Artist Competition and won second prize in the Collegiate Solo Category for marimba;
  • She is a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at Juilliard.

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Austin Cernosek

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
27
Birthplace
Scottsdale, Arizona
Current School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music,
Compeers
Kate Winn-Rogers and Christine Hoehner
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Percussion, anonymous donor

Austin recently graduated with an advanced certificate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Joseph Pereira. Austin was awarded third place in the 2022 Modern Snare Drum Competition, and was a 2022 Tanglewood Music Festival fellow.

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Dana Dominguez

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
24
Birthplace
San Antonio, Texas
YouTube Handle
@danadominguez577
Current School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Facebook Handle
Dana Dominguez
Compeer
Tisha Weber Ford
Scholarship Donor
Anne and Richard De Rosa Endowed Scholarship in Percussion

Dana recently graduated with a master’s degree from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Matthew Strauss. She is a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony, and performs as Principal Percussionist of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.

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Paul Matthews

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
23
Birthplace
Omaha, Nebraska
Current School
Omaha Symphony
Compeer
Emily and Jerry Zacarias
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Percussion, anonymous donor

Paul is acting assistant principal percussion of the Omaha Symphony. In 2019, Paul was the Modern Snare Drum Competition winner. He is a substitute musician for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, and Sioux City Symphony.

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Leigh Wilson

Percussion/Timpani fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Area of Study
Percussion/Timpani
Age
22
Birthplace
Ayer, Massachusetts
Current School
Harvard/New England Conservatory
Compeers
Kate Winn-Rogers and Christine Hoehner
Scholarship Donor
Manitou Fund Scholarship in Percussion

Leigh recently earned a master’s degree in performance and chemistry from the Harvard - New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program, studying with Matthew McKay. Leigh is a recipient of the 2022 Rachel Mellinger Memorial Award, and is a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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