UCF Music Department
Thad Anderson

Thad Anderson

  • Assistant Professor

tra@ucf.edu
407-823-2221
Office Hours: By appointment
Campus Location: PACM104
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Thad Anderson (b. 1980) is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida where he coordinates the percussion studies program and directs the percussion ensemble. Joining the faculty in 2009, Anderson also oversees the Collide Contemporary Music Series. Anderson is a versatile performer and pedagogue with focused interests that include contemporary music, composition, design, electro-acoustic music, conducting, and technology.

Active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, some of Anderson’s recording credits include releases on the Cantaloupe, Naxos, and Innova labels, while performance experience includes the Victoria Bach Festival, Austin Chamber Music Center, Round Top Festival-Institute, Syracuse Society for New Music, Make Music New York, Accidental Music Festival, Winter Park Bach Festival, Days of Percussion in Florida, Texas, Idaho, and Oklahoma, the Texas and Florida Music Educators Association convention, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Austin, Waco, and Brevard Symphony Orchestras Anderson has been a featured soloist with Conspirare, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, UCF Wind Ensemble, and the Murray State University Wind Ensemble. Anderson frequently presents clinics, lectures, and performances around the United States and as far as Bangkok, Thailand. 

Anderson specializes in the creation and performance of new music through commissioning and collaborating with composers. Some of these projects have produced new works by Paul Lansky, Marc Mellits, Zack Browning, Steven Snowden, Jonathan Kolm, John Serry, Martin Bresnick, Halim El-Dabh, and Travis Jeffords.  Also active as a composer, Anderson wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning documentary film Standard Deviation. Anderson self-publishes original works through +Two Media. Universal Editions and Peters Edition are also currently publishing some of his projects.

Additionally, Anderson is highly active in the Percussive Arts Society community where he is currently a member of the Board of Advisors, Music Technology Committee, and contributes to the various publications. He is also a frequent evaluator and faculty member at the Music For All National Percussion Festival and Summer Symposium. Dr. Anderson completed his undergraduate work in Music Education at the University of Central Florida and received his Master’s of Music and Doctorate of Music Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thad Anderson plays Yamaha percussion instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drumheads.

Education

  • D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (2009)
  • M.M. in Percussion Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • B.M.E. in Percussion from The University of Central Florida (2004)

Research Interests

  • Early American Percussion Ensemble Music
  • John Cage Percussion Players
  • Percussion Instrument Authentication
  • Contemporary Music
  • Electro-Acoustic Music
  • Music Technology

Recent Research Activities

  • Cataloguing the Lou Harrison Percussion Instrument Collection at Mills College in Oakland, CA
  • Performance practice and instrument authentication of the John Cage Percussion Players
  • Commissioning new solo works for percussion instruments

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • Anderson, Thad.  “Percussion Analytics: Using Technology for Real-Time Performance Feedback and Learning.”  Percussive Arts Society Educators’ Companion, Volume 3 (January 2016): 15-22.

  • Anderson, Thad. Conversations with Paul Lansky. Percussive Notes, Volume 48, No. 3 (May 2010): 34-36.
  • Anderson, Thad. Twelve-Tone Timpani: Jan Williams Variations for Solo Kettledrums. Percussive Notes, Volume 46, No. 4 (August 2008): 48-50.
  • Anderson, Thad. Collegiate Percussion Clubs. Percussive Notes, Volume 44, No. 3 (April 2006): 46-47.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Anderson, Thad.  “A Conversation with William Winant.”  In The Modern Percussion Revolution: Journeys of the Progressive Artist.  Edited by Kevin Lewis and Gustavo Aguilar.  New York: Routledge Publishing (2014): 163-171.

Recordings

  • Patterns released on Flying Horse Records, 2014. Featuring music for mallet quartet performed by UCF Percussion.
  • Inuksuit by John Luther Adams released on Cantaloupe, 2013.
  • Secret Pulse by Zack Browning released on Innova, 2012. Featuring the UCF Percussion Ensemble.
  • Music for Film and Electro-Theatre by Mike Vernusky released on Quiet Design, 2010

  • Circus Maximus by John Corigliano released on Naxos, 2009. Featuring the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.

  • Standard Deviation released on +Two Media, 2008. Soundtrack to the documentary film.

  • American Choral Music released on Naxos, 2006. Featuring the UT Chamber Singers & Musicians.

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80168 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80174 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80605 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80364 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
92367 MUS5365 Music and Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
80222 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80223 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80224 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80225 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80511 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80226 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80227 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80602 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50714 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Web A Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10142 MUE2470 Percussion Tech Face2Face M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Available
No Description Available
10958 MUE3693 Technology in Music Education Face2Face Tu,Th 5:00PM - 6:15PM Available
No Description Available
10645 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
10156 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10580 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
21224 MUN5465L Graduate Chamber Music Face2Face Tu 12:00PM - 2:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
10345 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Web Web Available
No Description Available
10191 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10192 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10193 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10194 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10463 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10195 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10196 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10577 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80175 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
80181 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80631 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80371 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available
80229 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80230 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80231 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80232 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80831 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80233 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80234 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80628 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50730 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Web A Web Available
No Description Available

Updated: May 19, 2017

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