Welcome to the Oberlin Percussion Department Website!

"Teaching is a collaborative venture between student and teacher"

" What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)"

" Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion"-Weilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher"

"Most people don't realize it," he says, but Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen knows that "percussion is more than just rhythm."

"The goal of music is to organize and produce sounds in such a way that they express shades of emotion."

"It's not about being a great percussioinist but rather always striving to become a great percussionist."

"The most important thing is the persuit of knowledge; the knowledge itself is a by product."

"Every musician discovers at some point that they have some flaw. It is the act of finding a creative way of overcoming this shortcoming that produces a great artist."

"I've taught many students who will carry something of me to places I will never reach."

To watch a video interview with Mr. Rosen CLICK HERE

Check out this video of the Oberlin Percussion Group:


Upcoming Events:

 April 14, 2015 - Oberlin Percussion Group Concert @ Warner Concert Hall



Exciting Updates about Former Students:

  • Chris Anthony'88 breaks the Guiness Record for a drum roll!
  • Jennifer Torrence'09 wins a spot at the Lucerne Festival 2009
  • Jon Hepfer'o8 wins a spot at the Lucerne Festival 2008

  • Percussionists Raise Money for Alzheimer's Association
  • Adam Sliwinski'01 Receives 2004 ASCAP Award

  • Justin Hines'95 Performs in New York

  • Matt Jenkins'06 Wins Presser Award
  • Ross Karre'05 Wins Seat in Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra Again!
  • Jill Lichtenwalner'04 Captures Fulbright, Compares Approaches to Music History
  • Bonnie Whiting ’04 writes article for Conservatory Magazine
  • Ross Karre'05 wins Javits Fellowship