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percussionist and educator

Tony Oliver is an Assistant Professor in the music department of Augustana College, a liberal arts college in Rock Island, IL, where he teaches music appreciation courses and all things percussive, including classical and contemporary percussion studies and courses for music education students. He also directs the Augustana Percussion Esemble and the Augustana Concert Band, one of two wind ensembles on campus. Away from the college environment, he is often a clinician and adjudicator for percussion events, and has been particularly involved over the years with the New Horizons Music program, a life-long learning environment designed around the older adult musician. In conjunction with this program, he has taught at numerous camps and workshops throughout the United States. As a performer, he is a longtime member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and this year he will return for his nineteenth season as solo percussionist and timpanist for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, a professional chamber orchetra in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Numerous other chamber and solo engagements round out his performance schedule each year. He received degrees from the University of Iowa (BM, MA), where he studied with Thomas L. Davis, and from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (DMA), where he was a graduate fellow and studied with She-e Wu. Dr. Oliver is a regional education artist for Pearl/Adams percussion, a Sabian cymbal artist, and proprietor of Curving Walkway Publications, whose percussion publications have been performed throughout North America and Europe.