Professor of Music: Percussion Studies
Dr. Terry Vermillion holds a Doctorate of Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Grant for his study with ECM recording artist Peter Erskine, was one of fourteen Minnesota arts educators to be awarded a Fulbright Foundation Tour Abroad Grant for the study of Indonesian culture and art, and received Downbeat magazine's award for Jazz Instrumental Soloist Outstanding College Performance for his recordings with the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1. He has been featured as soloist with a number of groups including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble, the Dallas Brass, and the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Vermillion designed the Percussion Studies curriculum around the Percussion Collective. Consisting of five performance groups the Collective provides a unique musical experience within the music curriculum. The Percussion Ensemble performs large 20th century works, the Mallet Ensemble focuses upon transcriptions from a broad selection of musical eras, the World Drumming Group explores the drumming traditions of Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan and Brazil, the Improvisation Workshop develops compositional and improvisational skills within the context of a percussion octet, and the Drumset Ensemble performs original compositions composed by Dr. Vermillion.
Dr. Vermillion has an extensive performance background in drumset, world music, timpani, and concert percussion and is in constant demand as clinician and performer throughout the region. He performs regularly as timpanist with the St. Cloud Symphony and the Minnesota Center Chorale and is currently on the board of the MN Percussive Arts Society where he assists with the editing of the state newsletter. He also hosts the David Swenson Foundation Guest Artist Series and is a member of Trio Lorca, a faculty ensemble dedicated to chamber music for voice, flute and percussion.
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D.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.M. University of Northern Colorado
B.M. University of Montana