Doug Perkins

Associate Professor of Percussion
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Beyond training musicians at the highest artistic level, I strive to empower students to take ownership of their musical lives so that they will be well prepared to be leaders of their own future.

Doug Perkins joined the Conservatory percussion faculty in 2015 and is an associate professor of percussion.

He has been declared a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times and founded the percussion quartet So Percussion and the Meehan/ Perkins Duo. He also performs regularly with Ensemble Signal, Eighth Blackbird, the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW, and many other ensembles. He collaborates with such composers as David Lang, Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, Nathan Davis, Larry Polansky, Christian Wolff, Glenn Kotche, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Tristan Perich.

Perkins’s critically acclaimed recordings as a soloist, producer, and member of the Meehan/ Perkins Duo, Signal, and So Percussion can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Harmonia Mundi, New Focus, and New World labels. His recording of John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit was named one of the year's top recordings by NPR, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, and Time Out New York, and the project Parallels (with the Meehan/ Perkins Duo) was named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2015.

Lately, Perkins has been organizing large-scale percussion events that encourage a sense of community and new ways of experiencing live music. His production of Iannis Xenakis’s Persephassa in and around Central Park lake and John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit in New York City were named top-ten performances by the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York. Alex Ross called Inuksuit at the Park Avenue Armory “one of the most rapturous listening experiences of my life.”  

Perkins is the director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and previously served on the faculty of Dartmouth College and as an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago. He proudly endorses Black Swamp, Pearl/Adams, Remo, Vic Firth, and Zildjian percussion instruments, mallets, and accessories.

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