Judy Moonert, Director
Under the direction of Judy Moonert, the Western Michigan University Percussion Ensemble performs a diversified program of contemporary music for percussion and is recognized for demonstrating the unique versatility of percussion instruments as well as the musicality of percussion performance. Concert programs include "cutting edge" percussion compositions, historically important percussion works and world music including literature for the steel pan ensemble. The ensemble has performed throughout Michigan including concerts at high schools, on local arts series and for Michigan Percussive Arts Society events.
The competitive quality of Moonert's percussion studio was brought to light when the WMU Percussion Ensemble was awarded a coveted Showcase Concert performance for the 1998 Percussive Arts Society International Convention held in Orlando, Fla. The competition for this honor involved recordings submitted for a blind audition process by high school and collegiate percussion ensembles from around the world. The WMU ensemble was one of only two collegiate ensembles selected internationally for 1998 convention performances.
Membership is open to all WMU students by audition.
Defying Gravity (MP3)
Written by Carl Vine