Chris Whyte


International Percussion Institute 2017

A hearty thank you to Dr. Mark Ramirez for inviting me to serve as a faculty member again this year at the International Percussion Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Once again, it was a profound experience to cross cultural boundaries, interact with students and faculty from around the world, and promote artistry through our varied yet shared musical outlets.  A special thanks to the rest of the IPI faculty – Mark Ramirez, Lisa Nicol, Thomas Burritt, and Jonathan Ovalle – for their artistic depth, knowledge, friendship and willingness to share their talents with all those involved.  

We have some big plans in store for version 3.0 of the IPI, and I’m already looking forward to 2018!

Makrokosmos Project 3: Reichmokosmos

A huge thanks to DUO Stephanie and Saar for inviting the Portland Percussion Group to join them for the third installment of their one-day summer contemporary music festival: Makrokosmos Project.  It was a fantastic event at the Vestas Center in downtown Portland, and a wonderful venue for bringing a concert of contemporary music to Portland.  Amid selections for piano solo, duo, sextet, and a piano and violin duo, we were fortunate to perform the music of Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, and Portland’s Michael Johanson.  Our repertoire included:

Drumming, Part 1 by Steve Reich
Clapping Music by Steve Reich
Textures by Paul Lansky
Grooves and Diversions by Michael Johanson (written for the PPG)

Thank you to Stephanie and Saar for such an enriching musical experience and I’m looking forward to future collaborations!


It was a real pleasure performing as part of the Portland Percussion Group as part of the Lou Harrison Centennial concert, “CeLOUbration,” held at Portland State University.  Thanks to Brett Campbell and all of the organizers of the event for asking us to be involved!

Salem Symphony Orchestra

It was a pleasure performing my first concert as Principal Timpanist of the Salem Symphony Orchestra!  

Our season-ending event with Joshua Bell as soloist and Anthony Parnther as guest conductor was a wonderful way to cap off the inaugural season. Looking forward to season 2!

UTRGV Percussion Festival

It was a real pleasure to save as a clinician at the 2nd Annual University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Percussion Festival! We had a fantastic time hearing performances by area high school percussionists and workshopping their music with them. 

We also had a great time giving a concert at the beautiful UTRGV Performing Arts Center.  What a great place for the Portland Percussion Group to give our Texas debut!

Thanks to Dr. Mark Ramirez and the UTRGV Percussion Studio for organizing the festival and hosting us. We had a blast!

Our first “Percussion in the Park” concert with the Western Oregon University Percussion Ensemble was a big success!  Looking forward to making this an annual event in the community of Monmouth!

Third Angle Soiree

It was a great pleasure to perform at the Third Angle New Music Soiree gala.  Michael Gordon’s Timber and John Luther Adams’ In a Treeless Place, Only Snow were featured on the program. How wonderful to share the stage with such esteemed musicians!

DMA Recital performance of Reginald Smith Brindle’s…

DMA Recital performance of Reginald Smith Brindle’s “Orion M.42”

Clinic at Central Washington University

I had an excellent time presenting a snare drum clinic this week at Central Washington University.  It was based on the book I’ve been developing entitled “Independence for Snare Drum,” which centers on exercises meant to develop better facility in snare drum playing.  Thanks to Professor Mark Goodenberger for having me!

I recently finished composing a piece for percussion…

I recently finished composing a piece for percussion ensemble entitled “Embellished.”  This performance is by the Union High School Percussion Ensemble from Camas, WA.  They had a fantastic performance of it at the Washington State Music Festival where they finished in first place.  I couldn’t have been happier with how this piece turned out.  The whole process of brainstorming, sketching, and eventually seeing it come together was thoroughly enjoyable, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Special thanks to Lewis Norfleet, band director at Union, who commissioned me to write this work!

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