In this Workshop, Michael will teach different aspects and different patterns of Hand Drumming.
Michael Skillern is currently the Head of Music at American Gulf School in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and a Percussionist/Timpanist with the National Symphony Orchestra, also in the UAE. As a percussionist, Michael has performed as a soloist, chamber player, and orchestra member throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Michael made his concerto debut in 2016 performing the solo percussion part on Ittai Sharipa’s. The Ethics, with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Having a deep passion for education, Michael has also presented percussion clinics and masterclasses throughout the USA, Germany, and Asia. In addition to teaching Band, Percussion, General Music, Choir and Music Technology across two continents, Michael also served as Teaching Director for the Xi’an Concert Hall Youth Percussion Ensemble during the 2020-2021 season. An accomplished Wind Band conductor, Michael’s Xi’an Liangjiatan Int’l School Wind Band performed at the 2nd annual Liangjiatan Int’l Education Conference. Away from music, Michael enjoys spending time with his 6 month old daughter Millie, named after his dear grandmother Mildred Skillern. He can be heard in solo and percussion ensemble settings on Innova and Ravello Records. He proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
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