Evan Saddler

Evan S.

Miami, FL
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Percussion

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Hello! My name is Evan, and I love to play and teach percussion!

I enjoy working with students to develop their unique artistic voice on a variety of percussion instruments​ as well as a wide range of technical skills that facilitate many kinds of music-making and learning.

I studied at The Juilliard School for my master's degree, the University of Michigan for my bachelor's degree, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. I currently perform with Miami’s genre-bending chamber orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble, the New World Symphony, and have upcoming performances with Miami City Ballet. In addition, I run my own chamber music ensemble called Conduit. I am proud to have shared the stage with Grammy-winning musicians, including members of the ensemble Eighth Blackbird, the organist and songwriter Cory Henry, and vocalist Hila Plittmann. I have performed in venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Arsht Center, the deYoung Museum in San Franciso, and Carnegie Hall.

I work with students of all ages and ability levels and I look forward to working with you on all things percussion!

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Evan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2016

Hello! I'm Evan, and I love to play and teach percussion!

I studied percussion at The Juilliard School for my master's degree, University of Michigan for my bachelor's degree, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. I am Miami-based, and I regularly perform with New World Symphony, Nu Deco Ensemble, Conduit, and Miami City Ballet.

I enjoy working with students to help them reach their full potential in music, and in life. I use percussion as a vehicle to teach excellence, no matter what path the student ends up pursuing as a career.

I have performed around the world in Europe, Africa, and North America in venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall. I have shared the stage with Grammy Award-winning musicians including members of the ensemble eighth blackbird, song-writer and organist Cory Henry, and vocalist Hila Plitmann. These experiences all inform my teaching style and the breadth of information I am able to share with my students.

Please let me know when you would like to set up a lesson and we can work together to reach your goals!

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Experience

Substitute Percussion
Jun 2019 - Present
Miami City Ballet

Subtitute Percussion
Jan 2019 - Present
New World Symphony

Section Percussion
Sep 2018 - Present
Nu Deco Ensemble

Timpanist
Nov 2017 - Nov 2018
Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Church, NYC

Teaching Assistant
Jan 2018 - May 2018
The Juilliard School

Led & facilitated group activities, graded papers & final projects for a course called "Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts"

Principal Percussion
Sep 2016 - May 2018
The Juilliard Orchestra

Ensemble Mentor
Sep 2016 - Dec 2017
The Juilliard School Pre-College Division

Led & facilitated group sectionals, & coached ensemble rehearsals


Education

Master's of Music, Percussion Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2018
The Juilliard School
Bachelor's of Music, Percussion Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016
University of Michigan
Diploma
Sep 2010 - May 2012
Interlochen Arts Academy

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Prize International Winner
Jun 2016
Black Swamp Percussion Competition
1st Prize International Winner
Aug 2014
Kerope Zildjian Competition

Affiliations

Vic Firth Education Team
Apr 2019

The Vic Firth Company is proud to be among the most educationally conscientious companies in the music industry. Vic Firth Company has collaborated with some of the top educational minds around the globe to support percussion education. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program. Started in 1997 as a means to foster dialogue between percussion educators of all levels and strengths, the Vic Firth Education Team remains the industry’s innovating force in providing resources to percussion educators. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program.

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Photos & Videos

I love to play the frame drum! I studied it with virtuoso percussion legend, Glen Velez.

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Photo by Evan S.

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With my ensemble, Conduit.
"Extremes" by Jason Treuting
Rebonds B, percussion solo
Cover of "Done for Me" with JHJams in NYC
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