Percussion, Percussion & Improvisation Ensemble, Percussion Pedagogy
What I Do at SSU
I teach Private Instruction Percussion, Percussion Methods and direct the Percussion & Improvisation Ensemble. I specialize in trans-idiomatic improvisation, which involves in-depth study of extended techniques, Deep Listening practices, music games, conducted improvisation, and interpretation of graphic scores.
Percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator Jennifer L. Wilsey currently performs with improvising ensembles Timeless Pulse (since 1991, with Pauline Oliveros, Thomas Buckner, George Marsh, and David Wessel), The Bloom (since 2005, with W. Allaudin Mathieu and George Marsh), and Gestaltish (since 2011, with Gretchen Jude, Rachel Condry, and Jacob Peck). In addition to activities as a concert percussionist, Jennifer’s projects have included work with The Good Sound Band, Wrestling Worms, Petr Kotik and the SEM Ensemble, Stuart Dempster, and Anna Halprin, among many others. Jennifer’s recordings can be heard on the Deep Listening, Mutable, Cold Mountain Music, Eh?, and Pitch-A-Tent labels. She received her BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz and MFA in Performance and Literature with Improvisation Specialization from Mills College (with the Margaret Lyon Prize), and is a Deep Listening® Certificate holder. With twenty-five years experience as an educator, Jennifer teaches percussion, percussion pedagogy, and directs the Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble at Sonoma State University. At Mills College she teaches Advanced Musicianship while serving as the Musicianship Program Supervisor. She also maintains a private studio, offering creative music lessons in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California. http://www.jenniferwilsey.com/