Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds.
The Grammy-winning Chicago-based quartet, Third Coast Percussion, was the DeBartolo Performing Art Center’s Ensemble-in-Residence from 2013–2018. Their work in arts education and community engagement matched the center’s growing focus on these service priorities. The quartet is also among the Presenting Series artists who helped propel Notre Dame’s reputation as an innovator in live music presentation and redefine the concert experience.
Through pioneering programs of contemporary music, by composing their own original works, and collaborating on Presenting Series world premieres with leading American composers—like Philip Glass—Third Coast produces great insights into the world of contemporary music for students and audiences. Through a number of multidisciplinary partnerships, Third Coast Percussion’s residency gave Notre Dame and K-12 students in-depth opportunities to develop richer skills and abilities not possible in the typical master class or workshop setting. That is their legacy as Ensemble-in-Residence.
Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained international attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works.
The members of Third Coast Percussion—Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore—hold degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory and Rutgers University.