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Brunk, Jeremy

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Dr. Jeremy Brunk is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Millikin. His teaching responsibilities include applied percussion, percussion ensemble,, music theory, and composition. He regularly performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and other Central Illinois orchestras as a timpanist and percussionist. Dr. Brunk also gives solo and chamber recitals, master classes and clinics across Illinois. In 2018, Dr. Brunk joined Marimba Festiva International Competition and Congress in Bamberg, Germany as an adjudicator and solo artist. He also commissioned and premiered La Cantilena de las Luces for percussion ensemble and bass by Chicago-based percussionist Donald Skoog. Dr. Brunk has also premiered works by James Romig, John Stafford, Carolyn Bremer, Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz; and appeared in residencies for Steve Reich, Vinko Globokar, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, Christian Wolff, and NEXUS. Dr. Brunk holds degrees in percussion performance from the University of Illinois (D.M.A, 2007), University of Oklahoma (M.M., 1999) and Millikin University (B.M., 1997). Dr. Brunk has composed music for the Millikin Percussion Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Dance Now! Ensemble Miami, and Interlochen Summer Dance Ensemble, as well as solo percussionists Richard Kurasz and Eric Hines. His three books of Préludes for solo marimba are published by Edition Svitzer, and were developed over many years of working with his students, supported by a Research and Artistic Achievement Award from Millikin. Dr. Brunk’s percussion ensemble works are available from Media Press Inc., have been performed at PASIC in 2003 and 2008 by the Millikin Percussion Ensemble, and are available on their most recent CD releases.