Private Instruction Percussion
Office Hours: By Appointment
What I Do at SSU
I teach Private Instruction Percussion, Class Instruction Percussion and Percussion Ensemble.
Percussionist Jennifer Wilsey composes and performs music with a focus on improvisation, polyrhythmic structures, timbre and meditative intention. She has performed and recorded with diverse ensembles and artists including Timeless Pulse (with Pauline Oliveros, Thomas Buckner, George Marsh and David Wessel), The Good Sound Band, Petr Kotik and the S.E.M. Ensemble, the American Philharmonic—Sonoma County, Stuart Dempster, W.A. Mathieu, William Winant, Anna Halprin, and many others. She has appeared at new music venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, along the Pacific Northwest coast and in New York.
Ms. Wilsey’s musical training spans the gamut of percussion from classical to hand drumming and jazz, as well as the study of traditional and contemporary forms of improvisation, composition and harmony. She received a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz where she studied percussion with William Winant, George Marsh and Arthur Hull. She has since followed an independent path of music study with mentors including W. Allaudin Mathieu (harmony, composition, improvisation), Pauline Oliveros (Deep Listening), Marc Steiner (piano, Taubman Approach), Shabda Kahn (North Indian vocal raga), and Mike Spiro (Afro-Cuban percussion) among others.
Wilsey’s recordings can be found on the Deep Listening, Mutable Music and Pitch-A-Tent labels. Her recent recordings include: Timeless Pulse Live at CNMAT, 2002; Timeless Pulse 2005; an upcoming release of a trio album with Pauline Oliveros and George Marsh; and a trio album with W. A. Mathieu and George Marsh. In addition to teaching at SSU, Ms. Wilsey teaches in Bay Area schools, leads drumming workshops for adults, and teaches piano, drumset and percussion at her private studio in Santa Rosa.