Photo by Katrin Talbot

Photo by Katrin Talbot

As a performer, pedagogue, clinician, and researcher, Elizabeth DeLamater is committed to bringing the highest level of percussion performance to students and audiences alike. Elizabeth teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the International Music Camp (International Peace Gardens, North Dakota/Manitoba).  Elizabeth has performed with many classical and contemporary ensembles, including the Madison Symphony, Opera Project Columbus, and the Phoenix Symphony, and frequently performs with Kaganu Percussion and as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at the 2016 Honduras Internacional Festival de Percussión.    

Elizabeth has been fortunate to participate in the world’s panoply of percussion traditions, and her travels include two tours of Japan and multiple trips to Trinidad and Tobago to perform and conduct research.  She traveled to Senegal and The Gambia in 2010 to study Wolof and Malinke drumming, and Ghana in 2016 to study at the Dagara Music Center. Her numerous festival and conference appearances include multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, including the world premiere of Jenny Olivia Johnson's "COMA: I was in Pink" in 2015. 

Elizabeth has extensive experience as a steelband director and arranger whose ensembles have received many awards, including an Educational Grammy Award in 2005 and an invitation to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Orlando, FL. Elizabeth has also taught at Youngstown State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Roosevelt University, and North Central College.

Elizabeth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University , her Master of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University; her teachers include Vicki P. Jenks, Robert Chappell, Rich Holly, Clifford Alexis, G. Allan O’Connor, Gary Werdesheim, Dom Moio, J. B. Smith, and Mark Sunkett. 

An active clinician, Elizabeth serves on the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Committee. Her published work can be found in the Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes, and Panpress.

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Photo: Sabar drums on the roof of the Konate house, Guedaiwaye, Senegal

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