Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Director, Division of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion
Professor of Percussion

Professor of Percussion

Most people don't realize it, he says, but Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen knows that "percussion is more than just rhythm."

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Mike Rosen

Michael Rosen

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music, Temple University, 1964
  • Master of Music, University Illinois Urbana, 1966

    Percussion at Oberlin

Michael Rosen is as at home with symphonic literature as he is with contemporary music, having served as principal percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony from 1966 to 1972. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Sunflower Festival. At Oberlin, he teaches, conducts the Oberlin Percussion Group, and is director of the Oberlin Percussion Institute.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Rosen was a student of Charles Owen and received his master of music degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Jack McKenzie. He has also studied with Cloyd Duff and Fred Hinger.

He is a contributing editor of the Focus on Performance section of Percussive Notes Magazine and writes a continuing column entitled Terms Used In Percussion that deals with percussion terms in foreign languages.  He has served as clinician for many state chapters of the Percussive Arts Society as well as the International Convention. He was a member of the board of directors of the PAS for many years and is a clinician and endorser for the Zildjian Cymbal Company.  In 2014 he received the Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and currently holds the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professorship at the Conservatory.

Mr. Rosen is in demand as a clinician and has appeared for such organizations as the TBMA, OMEA, TMEA, MENC, MBDC, Femusic (Brazil), MusicFest Canada, and NYSMA in addition to many colleges and conservatories. He has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and has recorded for the Bayerische Rundfunk, Opus One, Furious Artisans, Albany, Lumina, and CRI labels.

Mr. Rosen has concertized and taught extensively in Europe, at the Jeunesses Musicales Internationale Summerkurse in Weikersheim, Germany, at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, and at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma, Italy. He served as a juror for the International Geneva Music Competition in 2009. Other engagements include concerts and clinics at conservatories and music courses in Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Hong Kong, and Beijing.