Greg Beyer

Greg Beyer, percussion (DeKalb, IL), won second prize in the 2002 Geneva International Music Competition. With his project Arcomusical, an endeavor that involves ethno-musicological research and composition and commission of new works for the berimbau, an Afro-Brazilian bowed instrument, he has appeared in festivals worldwide including PASIC and SEAMUS, CrossDrumming, RICMA, Beijing Modern Music, and the Stone. Greg is also a founding member of the award-winning flute/percussion duo Due East, a Yellow Barn alumni ensemble. Their recordings can be found on the Albany and New Amsterdam labels. He is also a member of the Chicago-based new music ensemble Dal Niente. Additional chamber music activities include performances and/or recordings with Third Coast Percussion, Sō Percussion, eighth blackbird, Present Music, CUBE, ICE, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, NewBand, Sequitur, and the S.E.M. Ensemble. An Associate Professor of Percussion at Northern Illinois University, Greg directs the Percussion Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Ensemble. He endorses Bosphorus cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams percussion instruments, and Evans Drumheads. He is currently serving as President of the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Past Yellow Barn musician (2005)