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Jeffrey Irving, Percussion Associate

Jeffrey Irving is a freelance percussionist and timpanist in New York City working regularly in the orchestral, theater and chamber music idioms. He performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has worked on over a dozen shows on Broadway – currently Wicked and Frozen – and has a long history working with many other groups in and around NYC including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In addition to his orchestral and theater activities, Jeffrey is also an enthusiastic performer of contemporary solo and chamber music. Recent chamber music engagements include Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, counter)induction, Da Capo Chamber Players, Perspectives Ensemble, Newband, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, PBS, Netflix, Albany Records, Verve, Naxos, New Focus Recordings and NY Philomusica.

Jeffrey is also a dedicated educator working primarily with highly talented and motivated high school percussionists. He has served on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp since 2011 as well as on the faculty and as a guest artist at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar. He also served as Instructor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Ensemble (sabbatical replacement) at Interlochen Arts Academy in 2011. His private students have continued on to some of the most prestigious conservatories and universities in the country including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Institute and others. Jeffrey is an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy and holds his Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School.

Aside from performing, Jeffrey is co-owner of New York Percussion Service, a percussion instrument rental company focused on providing instruments of the highest quality to the most discerning individuals and ensembles performing at venues in and around New York City.

Jeffrey is an artist endorser for Zildjian cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion concert snare drums and accessories, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.