Will H drums
Location: Manhattan, NYC

Education

  • B.M. from Manhattan School of Music
  • Pursuing M.M. in Percussion Performance at the Juilliard School

Experience

  • Will has taught percussion and piano to students of all ages and levels

Bio

Will H. is currently in his first year as a M.M. Percussion Performance major at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Gregory Zuber, Markus Rhoten, and Daniel Druckman. Will graduated with a B.M from Manhattan School of Music in May 2021, where he studied with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, She-e Wu, Kyle Zerna, and John Riley. He is a recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Will began studying drum set at 10 years old, and became classically focused upon entering high school. From 2015 to 2017 he served as Principal Timpanist of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, to which he owes his passion for classical music.

Will has performed as a principal musician with numerous orchestras and large ensembles including the Juilliard Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, Camerata Nova, Texas Festival Orchestra, Lehman College Community Band, International Lyric Academy, Uptown Classics, and the Buonaspina/Fishbeyn Composition Collective. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, CUNY Graduate Center, National Sawdust, and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. He has performed under several notable conductors including Antonio Pappano, Leonard Slatkin, Jane Glover, Benjamin Zander, Mei-Ann Chen, Andres Franco, George Manahan, Perry So, and Richard Giangiulio.

Will has had significant experience performing contemporary music in small ensemble settings, and performs regularly with AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble and Juilliard Percussion Ensemble. He was a featured soloist on Mark Applebaum’s Straitjacket with the Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble, and has premiered multiple works by former co-directors Jude Traxler and Mike Perdue. He has also premiered numerous works by student composers, and has appeared alongside Tactus Contemporary Ensemble as a guest percussionist. He has studied and worked with Steven Mackey, Steven Schick, Andy Akiho, Sandbox Percussion, Simon Boyar, sound painting with Walter Thompson, Todd Meehan and Thomas Burritt, and was a featured soloist in 2017 with Plano West Percussion, performing Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki.

Will was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Percussion Competition, hosted by New York University and World Percussion Alliance. He was a 1st Place Winner at the 2019 Majaoja International Percussion Competition in Tampere, Finland. He was the 1st Place Winner of the 2016 Plano Drumline Contest Solo Marimba Competition, and was 2nd Place in the 2017 Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He was recently a finalist in the College Division of the 2021 Great Plains International Marimba Competition.

Aside from music, Will can often be found playing chess, reading books, or drinking coffee.


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