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International touring percussion soloist Cameron Leach sits down with friends, colleagues, and other Columbus natives to talk about the music business, life on the road, and forging a meaningful path both personally and professionally.

International touring percussion soloist Cameron Leach sits down with friends, colleagues, and other Columbus natives to talk about the music business, life on the road, and forging a meaningful path both personally and professionally.


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International touring percussion soloist Cameron Leach sits down with friends, colleagues, and other Columbus natives to talk about the music business, life on the road, and forging a meaningful path both personally and professionally.




The Cameron Leach Podcast #20 - Cory Hills

Percussionist and storyteller Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica. Percussive Storytelling, a program that brings classical music and storytelling to kids in fun and accessible ways, was launched by Hills while a fellow at Institute Fabrica. Currently, Hills is an...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #19 - Ivan Trevino

Ivan Trevino is a Mexican-American composer and percussionist who has become one of the most recognizable names in the community. He is a member of the cello + percussion quartet Break of Reality, a founder of a new percussion/songwriting collective The Big Trouble, and a regular guest artist at institutions around the world. Ivan and I are collaborating on a new piece for percussion soloist + quartet to be premiered next season.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #18 - Catherine Cole

Catherine Cole is the Artistic Operations Coordinator for The Florida Orchestra, where she handles guest artist relations and behind-the-scenes administrative work, including contracts, travel logistics, and more. She holds degrees from Florida State University and the Eastman School of Music, and has spent several summers at the Eastern Music Festival as a Percussion Fellow.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #17 - Colin Currie

Colin Currie is the world’s foremost percussion soloist. He travels the globe performing concertos and recitals, collaborating with artists like the JACK Quartet and Hakan Hardenberger, and championing the music of Steve Reich with the Colin Currie Group, which was founded in 2006. Most recently, he debuted the Colin Currie Quartet, a project with Sam Walton, Owen Gunnell, and Aidy Spillett, which is performing new, substantial works for the repertoire. He is responsible for the...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #16 - Durwynne Hsieh

Durwynne Hsieh is a Bay Area-based composer of orchestral, solo, chamber, and choral works. His music has been performed by the Toledo Symphony, Tassajara Symphony, San José Chamber Orchestra, Marin Symphony, and many others. In addition to his musical work, he has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, with degrees from MIT and UC Berkeley. Durwynne and I collaborated on a new percussion concerto which was premiered the same day that this episode was recorded.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #15 - PASIC Preview & Updates

On the third solo episode of the podcast, Cameron previews PASIC, announces a new solo show with Colleen Bernstein, discusses the balance between frustration and gratitude, and talks openly about the hardest month of his performing career. He also digs into the highs and lows of recent performances, and highlights his newest favorite whiskies.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #14 - Matthew Salvaggio

Matthew Salvaggio is the Music Director and Conductor of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, University Heights Symphonic Band, and Orchestra 19, a 19th-century historical performance practice orchestra. His previous academic appointments include professorships at Hiram College and Lakeland Community College, and he is very involved in the commissioning of new works. Matthew and I are collaborating on a performance of the Sejourne Marimba Concerto with the Euclid Symphony Orchestra on October 27.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #13 - Andrea Tafelski

Andrea Tafelski (Andē) holds a degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Percussion and Timpani Performance. Her classical music experience ranges from her time at CIM to experiences at Brevard Music Center, The Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and more. Her current project is a departure from some of her previous experiences, revolving around an entirely different part of the musical world, mixing singer-songwriter aesthetics with percussion instruments at the forefront. AKA, singing...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #12 - Eric Willie

Dr. Eric Willie is a percussion soloist, orchestra musician, chamber player, and the Director of Percussion Studies at University of North Carolina Greensboro. His recent solo work has taken him to Russia, Brazil, Colombia, and across the US. He’s been involved in the Percussive Arts Society in a number of ways, with many performances and committee positions under his belt. Some of his chamber projects include the Nief Norf Project and Legal Wood Project, the latter of which is a marimba and...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #11 - Jeff Gershman

Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. He has held previous positions at both the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Texas A&M University-Commerce, in addition to past experience as a public school teacher. He is a frequent guest conductor for festivals and honor bands throughout the United States, and has worked with the Dallas Winds and Lone Star Wind Orchestra in past seasons.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #10 - Josh Jones

Josh Jones is the Principal Percussionist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a social media personality and influencer, and the author of Spatial Studies for Hitting Things. He has previously held fellowships with the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies, been featured on programs such as From the Top and The TODAY Show, and recently performed Gareth Farr’s Hikoi Concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #9 - Flying Solo: Updates, Struggles, Q/A

On the second solo episode of the podcast, Cameron talks about the emotional highs and lows of life as a performer, the myth that graduation suddenly makes you a professional, self-respect and money as a freelancer, and more. He answers more submitted Q/A questions (listing below), with topics ranging from outside influences, practice efficiency/routines, the search for grad schools, self-promotion, taxes, and the differences in learning electroacoustic vs. acoustic pieces.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #8 - Michael Yonchak

Dr. Michael Yonchak currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein University, where is the Director of Bands and Percussion Studies. He is an active freelancer in Central Ohio, performing in a variety of styles such as bluegrass, jazz, flamenco, and more. Dr. Yonchak’s dissertation explored the wind ensemble compositions of Frank Zappa, which has led to the publication of journal articles and numerous presentations on the composer. Prior to his college teaching appointment,...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #7 - Ksenija Komljenović

Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (Belgrade, Serbia) is an award-winning percussionist, composer, professor, and cofounder of the Balkan Percussion Duo. She is the newly minted Assistant Professor of Percussion at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and is the first woman from Serbia to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #6 - Solo Episode & Q/A

On the first solo episode of the podcast, Cameron talks about taking time off, upcoming podcast guests, and his recent/upcoming work. He answers a slew of submitted Q/A questions, with topics ranging from bookings, non-music influences, the impact of social media, and his process for commissioning composers.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #5 - Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts is a well-traveled, award-winning composer whose music has been performed by some of the very best groups, including the Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and so many more. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Fromm Foundation Commission, Roberts currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Kent State University, where he also co-directs the New Music Ensemble. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #4 - Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin Fitzgerald is the Assistant Conductor for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Music Director for ÆPEX Contemporary Performance. He has participated in master classes and as a conducting fellow with some of the world’s most respected conductors, including Marin Alsop, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Cristian Măcelaru. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, and is frequently...


The Cameron Leach Podcast #3 - Josh McClellan

Josh McClellan is an Austin, Texas-based percussionist/musician with a diverse palette, minimalist aesthetic, and exuberant personality. He holds degrees in percussion performance from Belmont University and the Eastman School of Music, bringing his wealth of knowledge as a performer-educator, music businessperson, and insightful thinker to all that he does.


The Cameron Leach Podcast #2 - Dave Vanlaningham

Dave Vanlaningham is a freelance musician/drummer with a penchant for hiking and the outdoors. His current musical projects include Stranded Arrows, a folk rock band in which he sings & plays banjo/drums, and Racket Man, a band that Dave will be touring with from September through the end of November as a guitarist, synth player, and drummer. Dave recently played drums on Joey Viola's sophomore album Truth, which will be released soon (Kickstarter live until Aug. 31).


The Cameron Leach Podcast #1 - Ivan De La Cruz

Ivan De La Cruz is a freelance drill designer, visual tech for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, and former band director. He is in demand as an adjudicator for marching band competitions and guest instructor at high school programs across the country.