Department of Performing Arts
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New Jersey native Jeff Calissi has a broad range of experience as a pedagogue, performing artist and composer. The world of percussion has taken him to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States performing in a variety of wind, percussion and chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, opera companies and musical theater productions.
As a percussionist and marimba specialist, Jeff has performed in an array of venues such as the Southeastern Composers League Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Jeff has presented several times at the society's international convention, PASIC and serves on the Scholarly Research Committee. Jeff's compositions, arrangements, and recordings are available from C. Alan Publications; his research is published in Percussive Notes and the PAS Online Research Journal. He endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets as a member of their Education Team.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Radford University and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Along with his wife, Rebecca McNair Calissi, he performs locally and regionally in the marimba and piano chamber group Una Duo.