Percussion Faculty Positions at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Advertised From 1992-2001: Qualifications and Duties
By Darin Kamstra
December 2002 Revised January 2004
A study of college teaching positions advertised from 1992 to 2001 reveals several important tendencies in the hiring of percussion faculty at U.S. institutions of higher education. These trends are examined in terms of degree requirements, commonly requested secondary areas of expertise outside percussion, preferred areas of specialization within percussion, and institutions that most frequently place graduates in these positions.
Darin Kamstra bio
Darin Kamstra is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Percussion at Mesa State College and is a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the principal percussionist of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and performs on drumset with groups across western Colorado. Also an active composer, Kamstra’s works have been featured at regional, national, and international conferences, including the World Saxophone Congress and the College Music Society Annual Meeting.