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Instrumental Studies: Percussion

Eric Schweingruber


    • B.M. Percussion Performance: Florida State University (with Gary Werdesheim)
      M.M. Percussion Performance: Temple University (with Alan Abel)

      Christopher Deviney is Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Prior to assuming this title in 2003, he was Section Percussionist with the Houston Symphony.  He has also previously performed and recorded with the New Orleans Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has performed professionally at the Bard Music Festival and as a featured marimba soloist with the Brevard (FL) Symphony.

      Deviney was a student at the Aspen Music Festival where he was the recipient of the first Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship.  He was also a two-year Tanglewood Institute Fellowship recipient and National Repertory Orchestra invitee. Deviney has been featured in a number of chamber settings and recitals including Tulane University, Temple University, Network for New Music, Atmos Percussion Ensemble and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Series. 

      In 2002, 2007 and 2009 he was a featured Clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has presented clinics for PAS Day of Percussion events in Louisiana, Florida and Pennsylvania.  He has been a member of the PAS Symphonic Committee since 2008 and the Chair since 2010.  He has given master classes at Temple University and the Curtis Institute on the preparation for successful audition-taking and was a Charles Owen Memorial Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan in January of 2008.  Deviney has performend as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Bartok’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Emmanuel Ax.  In 2005, he received the Florida State University Dohnanyi Award for Excellence in Music Performance.  He was on the faculty of Rutgers University from 2004-2008 and has given professional coaching at the New World Symphony.  From 2008-2009, he was the Coordinator of the Curtis Institute of Music percussion program.