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David Collier

University Professor of Percussion
School of Music
Office
Cook Hall - CH 122
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Biography

Dr. David Collier is Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at Illinois State University. In addition, he is Associate Director of the School of Music and has been designated as a University Professor by the ISU Office of the Provost.

Dr. Collier is currently principal timpanist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Heartland Festival Orchestra. He has served as timpanist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia da camera, the Laredo Philharmonic and the Corpus Christi Symphony. In addition, Collier is also active as a freelance percussionist and has performed with artists such as Celtic Woman, Mannheim Steamroller, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Gray, Mitzi Gaynor, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, Tommy Tune, Roger Williams, Shirley Jones and Bobby Vinton.

Dr. Collier received his Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, his Master of Music degree from Indiana University--where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate--and his doctorate in Percussion Performance and Electronic Music from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Collier is a Performing Artist for Yamaha and an artist/clinician for Sabian cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, Evans drumheads and Latin Percussion. Dr. Collier also serves as Percussion Coordinator for the Music for All Honor Band of America and the Summer Percussion Symposium. In addition, he has served as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America.

Current Courses

234.001Applied Music (Advanced Percussion)

134.001Applied Music (Percussion)

434.001Applied Music: Percussion

239.001Ensemble (Advanced-Percussion)

439.001Ensemble Percussion

139.001Ensembles Percussion

117.001Group Instruction In Percussion

Teaching Interests & Areas

Courses Taught

MUS 117 -- Group Percussion
MUS 134 -- Applied Percussion
MUS 234 -- Applied Percussion - Advanced
MUS 434 -- Applied Percussion - Graduate
MUS 139A20 -- Percussion Ensemble
MUS 239A20 -- Percussion Ensemble - Advanced
MUS 439A20 -- Percussion Ensemble - Graduate
MUS 330A40 -- Percussion Pedagogy & Literature

DMA

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL

MM

Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

BM

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

University Professor

Illinois State Univeristy
2019

University Outstanding Teacher Award

Illinois State University
2014

University Outstanding Teacher Award

Illinois State University
2013

College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award

College of Fine Arts
2012

Outstanding Teacher Award

School of Music
2012

Outstanding Teacher Award

School of Music
2009

Service Initiative Award

School of Music
2005

Teaching Initiative Award

College of Fine Arts
2004

Teaching Initiative Award

School of Music
2004

University Small Research Grant

Illinois State University
2003

Book, Authored

Sheldon, D., Balmages, B., Loest, T., Sheldon, R., & Collier, D. Measures of Success. no. FJH Music, Inc (2004)
Sheldon, D., Balmages, B., Loest, T., Sheldon, R., & Collier, D. Measures of Success. no. FJH Music, Inc (2004)