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Brian Baldauff


Brian Baldauff is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he directs the percussion ensemble, teaches applied lessons, percussion fundamentals courses, and percussion pedagogy. He also teaches courses in music literature and history and serves as director of the Computer Music Center. Active as a performer of solo and chamber music, Brian can be heard on the recent release (2019) by The John Psathas Percussion Project (JP3) Volume 1 and the critically acclaimed compilation album flux issued by the Society of Composers, Inc (2019). His debut solo album, Canyon was released to positive reviews in 2018.

Brian currently serves as co-principal percussionist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a guest soloist with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Involved in creating new music and advancing the repertoire for percussionists, Brian has commissioned works by Adam Silverman, Jamie Whitmarsh, Jonathan Kolm, and others. He frequently collaborates with colleagues in performances and other projects.

In demand as a clinician, Brian has presented at numerous Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion and at high schools and universities across the United States. As a founding member of the Denkyem Percussion Group, he toured Costa Rica performing concerts and teaching masterclasses. As an advocate for high-quality percussion education in secondary schools, he has presented sessions at the West Virginia Music Educators Association Conference and is designing a summer percussion intensive for music educators to be offered at UWSP (2020). Brian is also the founder and director of the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program’s percussion ensemble.

Research Interests

  • New and Contemporary Music
  • Frame Drums of the Middle East and Ancient World
  • Music Technology
  • Percussion Pedagogy

Professional Experiences

  • Principal Percussionist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (2016-Present)
  • Debut solo album Canyon released in 2018


The Department of Music is a vibrant place where student success inspires our work. The faculty are dedicated to this success and it shows through their actions. There is also a spirit of collaboration at UWSP that is difficult to find everywhere.  I enjoy witnessing the progress a student makes throughout their time in the percussion program. Hearing the fruits of their practice week in and week out inspires me to keep working for them.

Brian Baldauff

Brian Baldauff
Associate Professor - Percussion
Percussion Area Coordinator

316 Noel Fine Arts Center


MM - Music Performance - Percussion
University of Michigan

BME - Music Education
University of Central Florida