Joshua Manchester is an innovative performer and instructor in the field of percussion. In addition to being a regular member of the MAVerick ensemble, he performs with Civic Performers Innovative Music, Sonic Inertia and Accessible Contemporary Music and is a regular participant in Chicago Composer's Forum projects. Joshua has recently collaborated with percussionists of the International Contemporary Ensemble on a concert of works by Augusta Reed Thomas and Ryan Ingebritsen, premiered works with the Cube Ensemble, undertaken national tours as an improviser, and provides classical percussion in numerous orchestras in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa. In addition to his position as adjunct percussion instructor at St. Xavier University, Joshua teaches a private studio at the Sherwood Music Conservatory. He works with contemporary choirs and children in churches and schools, performs ensemble or solo recitals in venues such as the Green Mill, Zhou Brothers Center, Elastic Arts, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and assists classes at companies such as Hubbard Street Dance. Joshua has recently been asked by Sherwood to provide faculty consultation to a new curriculum task force.
While having a strong background in traditional music, many diverse musical influences have shaped his experience. He often collaborates and performs with new music composers, including Ryan Ingebritsen, Mei-Fang Lin and William Jason Raynovich, and has also studied composition with Herbert Brun and Susan Parenti. After spending two years performing with a Javanese gamelan and studying the Indian Tabla, lately Joshua has begun studies with the berimbeau.
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Luther College and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois. Joshua has studied with renowned percussionists John Herndon, Michael Geary, Thomas Siwe, William Moersch, and Andre Beasley.
For more about Joshua, visit www.joshuamanchester.com.