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Virtual Percussion Camp | Faculty


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Featured Guest Artist: Evan Chapman

Based in Philadelphia, Evan Chapman is a percussionist, composer, and filmmaker who has built a prolific and unique career by seamlessly blending multimedia and contemporary music. Chapman is a founding member of contemporary-classical percussion trio/rock band Square Peg Round Hole, whose original compositions have been dubbed a “creative adventure” by Bob Boilen (NPR) and have received further acclaim from Modern Drummer Magazine, Paste Magazine, and Mental Floss, among others.

Chapman is also a founder and owner of film production company Four/Ten Media alongside longtime collaborator Kevin Eikenberg. The duo’s background as classically-trained percussionists has allowed them to create fresh and musically authentic representations of pieces in the contemporary classical and pop worlds. Four/Ten’s client list includes internationally-acclaimed artists such as the New York Philharmonic, Steve Reich, Caroline Shaw, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sō Percussion, David Lang, Son Lux, Alarm Will Sound, The Crossing Choir, Third Coast Percussion, and many more. Their work has been featured by major press outlets including the New York Times, Alternative Press, NPR, Mental Floss, Paste Magazine, Q2 Music, and I Care If You Listen.

Evan is sponsored by Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and SJC Custom Drums.

Camp director Michael Mixtacki is a percussionist, vocalist and educator based out of San Antonio, TX. He teaches percussion lessons and co-directs the percussion ensemble at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is an active clinician and private instructor at many middle and high schools in the city. Since moving to Texas in 2016, Michael has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of ensembles including the Mid Texas Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the South Texas Jazz Quartet, the UTSA Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and the Katchie Cartwright Brazilian Trio. Prior to his appointment at UTSA, Michael taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. In the Midwest, he performed with a variety of different groups, including Ire Elese Abure in Chicago, IL, Ritmos Unidos in Bloomington, IN, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, WI. He had the honor of participating on two Grammy nominated recordings with San Francisco artists Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, and on two albums with Ritmos Unidos on lead vocals, percussion and drum set.

Michael is an official clinician for the Latin Percussion Department of Education and is a Yamaha performing artist. He also endorses Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Sherry Rubins (Assistant Director) is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Rubins co-directs the percussion and steel drum ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate percussion majors. Sherry is Principal Percussionist/Timpanist with the Mid Texas Symphony and Principal Percussionist with Alamo City Opera. Recently, she held the position of Acting Principal Timpanist and Acting Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony, and now frequently performs as a substitute musician with the San Antonio Symphony. She has also presented clinics and performances throughout the south Texas area as well as the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions.

Sherry is an artist/educational clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, the Yamaha Corporation, and the Vic Firth Company. Her educational videos have also been featured on the Zildjian and Vic Firth web sites.

Joe Caploe has performed and taught at music festivals, universities and high schools across the world. He serves as a bandleader and collaborator with many of San Antonio’s finest jazz musicians. His major concert appearances as a jazz vibraphone and drum set player include the Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Festival de Theatre (Montreal), Day of the Drum Festival (San Francisco), Monterey Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, and many more. Before moving to San Antonio in 2010, he spent thirteen years as the Director of Percussion & Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is also a past president of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society.

In San Antonio, Joe can be heard with the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, Zarabande, Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz, Ulterior Motive, Hot Sauce, and South Texas Jazz to name just a few. He teaches music technology courses at UTSA, and percussion lessons and ensembles at St. Mary’s University, the University of Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University and Alamo Colleges.

Steven Partida (Ensembles and Steel Band) is a Texas native, born and raised in New Braunfels, TX. He earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education from UTSA, studying under Sherry Rubins and Dr. Graeme Francis. While at UTSA, Steven was involved with numerous performing groups, including a guest marimba solo appearance with the UTSA Chamber Choir. He also had the opportunity to perform at the Percussive Arts Society Intermational Convention several times – most notably as a member of the 2015 PASIC All-Star Ensemble under the direction of Michael Burritt.

Steven earned a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, serving as an Associate Instructor for the Percussion Department. In addition to many teaching and performing opportunities at IU, Steven was also involved with the  “Four/One,” percussion quartet, giving masterclasses, performances, and premieres of works throughout the state of Indiana.

Steven now resides in San Antonio, TX, and is the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator at John Marshall Harlan High School. Steven is also pursuing performing opportunities throughout the greater San Antonio area.