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Jeffrey Barudin: Bio

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin is a freelance percussionist and educator based in St. Louis. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Dr. Barudin is also the Director of Bands on the Lindenwood University-Belleville campus, where he directs the Fighting Lynx Pep Band.  In addition, he is a percussion faculty member at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.

Dr. Barudin has performed as a soloist and ensemble member throughout the United States. He is currently the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra and the Town & Country Symphony Orchestra, and is a percussion section member of the St. Louis Brass Band. He has also performed with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, the Lansing (MI) Symphony, the Altoona (PA) Symphony, the Arbor Opera Theater and the Bloomfield (NJ) Symphony. As a member of the Drop Circle Percussion Trio, he performed at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway.  He also played with Roland Vazquez’s Latin-Jazz Ensemble, performing throughout the Midwest and at PASIC 2003 in Louisville.

During his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Dr. Barudin participated in numerous recordings. As a member of the Percussion Ensemble, he can be heard on three CD’s, including the noted “Historic Works for Percussion Ensemble (1931-1942)”, directed by Dr. Thomas Siwe. He also recorded William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience”, conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin with the University Symphony Orchestra. This CD won 4 Grammys that year, including “Best Classical Recording.” While at UM Jeff collaborated closely with composer Michael Daugherty for his piece "Raise the Roof" written for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra featuring principal timpanist Brian Jones. He also worked with composer Bright Sheng demonstrating marimba techniques to be used in his marimba concerto "Colors of Crimson" dedicated to Evelyn Glennie.

Dr. Barudin has been fortunate to study with many noted percussion pedagogues and performers. His primary instructors are Dan Armstrong, Joseph Gramley and Michael Udow. He also studied with Brian Jones and Ian Ding, formerly of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cary Kocher, a jazz vibraphone specialist. He has also performed in numerous masterclasses, including those led by Dame Evelyn Glennie, eighth blackbird, Christopher Deviney (Principal Perc., Philadelphia Orchestra), and Katarzyna Mycka, famed marimba soloist.

Dr. Barudin received his DMA and MM degrees from the University of Michigan, and his BS in Music Education from Penn State University.  He is a Yamaha performing artist, and also endorses Sabian and Innovative Percussion products.