Dr. Glenn Schaft


Glenn Schaft

Glenn Schaft is Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Youngstown State University, where he has served since 1996. He teaches applied percussion, directs the Percussion Ensemble, is advisor/co-founder of the Youngstown Percussion Collective, and performs with the YSU Faculty Jazz Group, with whom he twice toured China, performing and teaching at acclaimed conservatories in Beijing, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. Glenn is an artist endorser with the Zildjian cymbal company, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Remo drumheads and world percussion, and an educational consultant with Black Swamp Percussion.


His symphonic/contemporary music credits include conductors–Giora Bernstein, Jeffrey Siegel, Anton Coppola, Edwin London, Gunther Schuller, Paul Martin Zonn, Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach; composers–Michael Colgrass, Michael Daugherty, David Gillingham, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower; and myriad ensembles–Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, "Artist In Residence" at Baldwin Wallace University with the percussion group BATTU, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Percussion Section, Robert Page Singers, Akron Symphony, Richmond (IN) Symphony, Springfield (IL) Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Cleveland Dance Collective.


Glenn's drumset/world music credits include Broadway artists–Billy Porter, Raul Esparza, Women of the Phantom, Chita Rivera, Donna Theodore, Will and Anthony Nunziata, 1940's Radio Hour Show US Tour; bluegrass artists–Alison Krauss, Andrea Zonn; pop vocal artists–The Texas Tenors, Engelbert Humperdink, Five By Design, The Four Lads, The Four Aces; blues artists–Robert Lockwood Jr. and Steve Cipriano; rock artists Chuck Berry, Stewart Copleland, Victor Krauss; Afro-Cuban artists–Reynaldo Gonzales, Ruben Alvarez, Michael Spiro; big bands–Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda Big Band, American Jazz Orchestra, Larry Elgart Band, Glenn Miller Band; south Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran; jazz artists–Peter Bernstein, Paquito D'Rivera, Nick Brignola, Dave Stryker, Chip Stephens, Jim McNeely, Tony Leonardi, Todd Coolman, Randy Johnston, Sean Jones, Mike Kocour, Hank Marr, Alan Vizzutti, Marvin Stamm, Ben Monder, Clifford Barnes, Theron Brown, Alton Merrell, Phil DeGreg, Howie Smith, John Fedchock, Dominick Farinachhi, Kent Engelhardt, and Jack Shantz.


Glenn has recorded with the Youngstown Percussion Collective, Dave Morgan, Ron Coulter, John Hollenbeck, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Scott Wyatt, Amanda Powell, Air Force Band of Mid-American, Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, Ludwig Master Publications, and myriad jingles.


Glenn has appeared as performer, lecturer, and panelist at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions throughout the United States and served on the PAS Drumset, University Pedagogy, and PASIC Planning Committees. He has presented clinics, masterclasses and lectures at the Interlochen School of the Arts and universities such as Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Eastern Illinois, Akron, Kent State, Southern Illinois, Slippery Rock, and Denison. His summer camp experience includes the United States Percussion Camp, Baldwin Wallace Summer Music Camp, and Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps. His university teaching credits include Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Parkland College, Baldwin Wallace University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.


Glenn earned three performance degrees; DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA from Eastern Illinois University, and BM from Baldwin Wallace University. He pursued post-doctoral studies in contemporary music and orchestral percussion at Cleveland State University, Afro-Cuban music in Havana, Cuba, and world percussion at the Berklee School of Music World Percussion Festival.


For more information please visit glennschaft.com and percussion.ysu.edu