Norman Weinberg

  • Professor, Music

BM Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City; MM Indiana University; DMA Indiana University

Norman Weinberg is Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Arizona. He has performed as the principal timpanist/principal percussionist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and as principal timpanist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Leonard Bernstein Festival Orchestra. Currently he performs with the Arizona Opera and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. These, and additional musical experiences, have given him the opportunity to perform under the batons of David Amram, Enrique Batiz, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Gary Bertini, Ogan D'Narc, Cornelius Eberhardt, Lukas Foss, Alberto Ginastera, Christopher Keene, Cal Stewart Kellogg, Igor Markevitch, Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, John Nelson, Daniel Oren, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jose Serebrier, Robert Shaw, George Singer, Leonard Slatkin, Walter Susskind, and many others.

Norm has performed and presented seminars at many regional, national, and international conventions including the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, The Texas Association of Music Schools Convention, the Tennessee Wind Ensemble Conference, the Ontario �Celebration of the Drum�, the Day of Percussion Festivals in Arizona, California, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Convention, the Rhythm Sticks Festival in London, the �Toronto 2000: Musical Intersections� conference, and four Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

A prolific author, Norm has published over 250 articles in journals including: Drum!, Modern Drummer, Drums and Drumming, Rhythm, Percussive Notes, Percussive Notes Research Edition, Keyboard Magazine, Music and Computers, The Instrumentalist, and Home Recording Newsletter. He currently holds the position of Contributing Technology Editor for Drum! magazine, and served as the Technology Editor for Percussive Notes for 12 years. In addition, he has several compositions published by Southern Music Corporation. His text, The Electronic Drummer, is a part of the Modern Drummer Library and is distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing. His most recent book, Guide to Standardized Drumset Notation, has set a world-wide standard and is published by the Percusssive Arts Society. Both books are distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.

Educational achievements include the prestigious Performer�s Certificate from Indiana University, where Norm received the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance with Honors and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has studied with several outstanding teachers during his career including George Boberg, Jerry Carlyss, George Gaber, William Roberts, Ben Udell, Gary Werdesheim, Charmaine Asher Wiley, and William Zickos. Norm is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Vic Firth Artist, a Zildjian Educational Clinician, a Grover Pro Percussion Artist, and a Remo Gold Level Endorser. In 1992, Norman was the featured soloist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, performing the United States Premiere of Bertold Hummel�s Konzert f�r Schlagzeug und Orchester, op.70.

Norman created and helped to establish the �World Percussion Network� which later became ��. At PASIC �94, he was given the �Outstanding Service Award� from the Percussive Arts Society. In 2000, Norman was invited to present the Keynote Address at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention's New Music Research Day. The address was titled Turn On-Plug In-Groove Out. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society from 1998-2004. In 2002, Norman was honored to be the recipient of the Maestro Award from the University of Arizona School of Music, awarded �in recognition of his students' outstanding achievements�.


Norman Weinberg

Music Bldg, Room 124