Program Director


Ted Atkatz


Former Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edward (Ted) Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony.


George Nickson

A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson has been hailed as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair” by The New York Times and “a formidable percussionist to watch out for” by The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina.


Shaun Tilburg


Shaun has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Houston Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and San Antonio Symphony and is currently endorsed by the good people of Zildjian, Vic Firth and Grover Pro Percussion.