Joseph Petrasek



Joseph Petrasek was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Previously, he served as Associate Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony for 8 seasons, and as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Joseph has appeared as Guest Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony. 

Originally from Southern California, Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree at UCLA studying under Mitchell Peters, former Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He went on to receive a master’s degree at Temple University, studying with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists Alan Abel and Angela Zator-Nelson.

Mr. Petrasek has had additional training at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Roundtop Festival-Institute, Chautauqua Institute and the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra. 

Joseph is a proud endorser of Zildjian cymbals, Pearl/Adams products, and Freer Percussion.

ABOUT THE CLINIC: Articulations, Phrasing, and Note Length: Harmonizing With Our Colleagues in the Orchestra

This clinic will discuss strategies for realizing articulations, phrasing, and note length on keyboard percussion instruments. More broadly, it will explore the extent to which we can breath the same musical air as our colleagues in the orchestra. Examples will include La Mer, Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Exotic Birds, Shostakovich 4th Symphony, and a Piazzolla Tango Etude.


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September 30, 2019