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(c) 2017 Alyssa Resh | photos (c) Liv Schultheis

alyssa resh

PERCUSSIONIST

Alyssa Resh is an extremely versatile percussionist specializing in orchestral, chamber, solo, and new music. She got her early beginnings through high school marching band, where she was a member of the front ensemble. It was here where she fell in love with the marimba, and began to teach herself advanced techniques such as four-mallet playing. Never one to be satisfied with "stock" marching band and concert band parts, Alyssa began to seek out solo marimba and xylophone repertoire. As a largely "untrained" musician, she was able to develop a unique touch and expressive quality to her playing, which was the result of listening, observing, and imitating. Her passion for percussion and its endless possibilities led her to West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Music Education, Percussion Performance, and a minor in Music History. While at WCU, Alyssa received many awards and honors, such as the Pi Kappa Lambda "Outstanding Junior" award, the Board of Governors Scholarship, and the S. Powell Middleton Scholarship - a performance-based scholarship awarded through a competitive process. She was the principal percussionist of both the WCU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and president of the WCU Percussion Ensemble. At West Chester, Alyssa was also the member of such ensembles including the WCU "Incomparable Golden Rams" Marching Band, the WCU Chamber Winds, the WCU Latin Jazz Ensemble, and WCU Steel. 

Most recently in 2017, Alyssa was a featured soloist with a select group of students and faculty at the Festival Internacional de Ensambles de Percusión - Costa Rica. She also attended the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, where she was the recipient of the 2017 Avedis Zildjian Scholarship and a participant in the Mock Audition. Earlier that same year, she was a featured soloist at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, Florida, and a featured performer at the 2017 PAS Pennsylvania Day of Percussion. In 2015, Alyssa was a member of the PASIC All-Star International Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Michael Burritt, where she was involved in the premiere of Ivan Trevino's Almaty. She was also a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra from 2014-2016. Alyssa has performed with professional groups including Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Berks Opera Company, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Westminister Presbyterian Concert Choir, the Philadelphia Chorus, and the Liberty Winds. She is also a performer for Windish Music and Productions, where she performs with the bucket-drumming group "Junk Rock" as well as the Tri-Tones - a xylophone trio she leads and arranges music for every summer.

Though she has a passion for performing, Alyssa's heart lies in music education. She has been on the percussion staff for a number of high school marching bands in Pennsylvania, and she currently directs the percussion ensemble at Haverford College. She has taught private lessons in percussion, piano, and guitar, and student taught at both the elementary and high school levels. Her experiences teaching have been some of the most rewarding for her, and she hopes to be able to give back in any way she can by creating new opportunities for young percussionists, especially those in under-represented communities/genders. She also strives to have more representation by women and marginalized folx in the music composition world, and is able to work towards this goal as a board member of the New Works for Percussion Project (www.newworksproject.org).

Alyssa recently earned her Masters degree in Percussion Performance at Temple University, where she studied with Alan Abel (former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and Phillip O'Banion (Artistic Director of the Temple Percussion Department, Digital Divide). She previously studied with Ralph Sorrentino (Principal Percussionist with Opera Philadelphia, Section Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra), Dr. Christopher Hanning (NFL Films), David Nelson (Principal Timpanist with the Philly POPS), and Marc Jacoby. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a freelancer in the classical, contemporary, and solo genres. When she's not busy wearing concert black, she spends her free time playing drum set in her bands, Personal Trainer and the Goalie

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