Mike Truesdell (MM ’11, DMA ’16, percussion) has performed with the New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Ensemble (conducted by Pierre Boulez), and with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. He has recorded with Renée Fleming, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Grammy nominated), Charles Wuorinen, and the Gil Evans Project (Grammy nominated) as well as co-producing the Zeltsman Marimba Festival double-disc of Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba.
As an educator, Truesdell is assistant professor of percussion at Ithaca College and has been on the faculties of University of Northern Colorado, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. During the summer, he can be found at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and Composer’s Conference, among others.
A native of Wisconsin, Truesdell attended Lawrence University and moved to New York to study at Juilliard, where his primary teachers were Dan Druckman, Greg Zuber, Markus Rhoten, and Gordon Gottlieb.