Jonathan Bisesi

Assistant Professor of Percussion
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Jonathan Bisesi joined the Conservatory in 2021 as an assistant professor of percussion.

Bisesi has held the position of percussionist with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band since May 2004. He has served on the percussion faculty at George Mason University School of Music since 2014, and previously held positions with the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College from 2013–2015, Boston University’s percussion faculty from 2002–2004, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2002–2003. In 2020, he cofounded and was a clinician for the Dragonfly Online Percussion Experience.

Bisesi has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center opera and ballet orchestras, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. His signature xylophone mallets from Dragonfly Percussion were released in 2018.

As a composer, arranger, and children’s book author, his works are published by Meredith Music, Pocket Publications, and AcuteByDesign. THEN/NOW, his debut solo percussion album, released in March 2021. 

In 2020, he cofounded the Board of Directors of the Network for Diversity in Concert Percussion (NDCP), where serves as secretary. The NDCP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the concert percussion community.

He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Boston University, and was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival (2000) and the Tanglewood Music Center (2001).

He currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Meghan, and their daughter, Josephine.