Eclectic Chamber Players to perform Sept. 1 at TTU

Tennessee Tech University's Eric Willie, assistant professor of percussion, brings his group, the Eclectic Chamber Players, to Wattenbarger Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The Eclectic Chamber Players is an ever-evolving group of musicians who have been heard frequently on WPLN-FM radio and at performance venues throughout Middle Tennessee. Performers are made up of educators from area universities as well as musicians associated with the Nashville Symphony. Current performers include Judith Ablon, Barbara Podgurski, Michael Samis, Christopher Stenstrom, Eric Willie and Rebecca Willie.

The Sept. 1 program includes the following pieces: Brahms, Piano Quartet in C-Minor, Op. 60; Lansky, Hop, for violin and marimba; Mellits, Tight Sweater, for piano, cello and marimba; and Mozart, Piano Quartet in G-Minor, K. 478.

In addition to teaching at TTU, Willie also serves as new music/literature and recordings reviewer for the Percussive Notes journal, president for the Tennessee Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and as a member of the PAS Education Committee.

Willie has performed with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Lexington Philharmonic and Beloit/Janesville Symphony. He has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Bands of America National Percussion Festival.

As a clinician, Willie most recently appeared at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. His educational articles have appeared in the Instrumentalist and Percussive Notes, and he has contributed educational resources to Innovative Percussion Inc., Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Black Swamp Percussion. Eric holds the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas, a master of music from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Austin Peay State University.