We are delighted to introduce Dr. Dustin Donahue who will join the UMBC faculty in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor of Music. His work will include directing the UMBC Percussion Ensemble and teaching percussion lessons. He will perform a solo recital on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30pm that will feature music by Kaija Saariaho, Thomas Meadowcroft, and Netty Simons and the premiere of a new work by Yiheng Yvonne Wu. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Donahue to UMBC!
Dustin Donahue is a percussionist dedicated to chamber music and contemporary music performance. He has performed with many of the country's top presenters of chamber music, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, and La Jolla Summerfest. He performs across the United States with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the Partch Ensemble, and ECHOI. He appears on recordings for Decca, Mode, Naxos, New Focus, Populist, and Stradivarius Records. He also co-directs Wasteland, an organization dedicated to fostering experimental chamber music in southern California.
As a soloist, he has been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington, D.C., Mengi in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As an advocate for contemporary music, he frequently develops new work with living composers, such as recent collaborations with Carolyn Chen, Nicholas Deyoe, Laure Hiendl, Tania Lanfer, Bruno Ruviaro, Steven Takasugi, and Yiheng Yvonne Wu. He holds a DMA from the University of California - San Diego where he studied with Steven Schick and a BM from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Anthony Di Sanza. More information can be found at his website: https://dustindonahue.com