Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Craig Hetrick, percussion

Craig Hetrick

Craig Hetrick, who has served as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Butler University since 1996, is also the Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992. He was selected by the ISO after the completion of a long and arduous audition process from a field of some 150 applicants. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hetrick was Principal Percussionist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra for 4 years and Principal Timpanist of the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra for 6 years. He also played Extra Percussion/Timpani with the Delaware Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, which included touring and recording.

Mr. Hetrick received his Master's Degree from the Indiana University Jacob's School of Music, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware. His major teachers were Gerald Carlyss (Principal Timpanist, Philadelphia Orchestra), Christopher Williams (Principal Percussion/Asst. Timpani, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), George Gaber, and Harvery Price. While at I.U., he was awarded the coveted "Performer's Certificate" and performed a solo percussion piece in Carnegie Recital Hall with the IU Soloists. He has also studied with Jim Chapin, Alan Abel, William Schinstine, and Richard Weiner.

As a performer on drum set, Mr. Hetrick has performed and toured with Chris Botti, Arthur Lipner, Steve Weingart, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, and Al Cobine. In college he performed in Dominic Spera's jazz ensemble at IU, in the University of Delaware's jazz ensemble, and in West Chester University's jazz ensemble, the "Criterions." He has also recorded a cd with Hoagy Carmichael's son, Randy Carmichael, and at age 16 was selected to perform with the American Youth Jazz Band, which included a European tour. He has also performed extensively in the local jazz scene with Cathy Morris, Jim Farrelly, and Royce Campbell. He has appeared at the Jazz Kitchen, the Speedway Formula One Race, and many other venues.

Mr. Hetrick has played as both Principal Timpanist and Percussionist in most of the major concert halls of Europe, including those in Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Paris, Cologne, and Zurich, as well as Carnegie Hall here in NYC. He has also performed under the batons of David Zinman, Isaac Perlman, Andrew Litton, Hans Graff, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Raymond Leppard, Robert Spano, Antal Dorati, John Nelson, Erich Kunzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Jack Everly, and Doc Severinsen. Mr. Hetrick has performed with such notable soloists as Joshua Bell, Andre Watts, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, Maureen McGovern, Florence Henderson, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, Art Garfunkel, and Michael Feinstein.

As a recording artist, Mr. Hetrick has recorded six CD's with the Indianapolis Symphony, one with the Baltimore Symphony, a 2 disc set with Randy Carmichael, and one for David Baker, with Jim Campbell and other IU faculty. These were on the Telarc, London/Decca, Koss Classics, and Cala labels. His composition Tip of the Andes (published by Southern Music), has been performed by percussion ensembles throughout the US and Europe, including a performance by the "Presidents Own" Marine Band, and was reviewed in Percussive Notes magazine. He was a Visiting Professor at the IU Jacobs School of Music for four years, and has presented clinics at Indiana University, Butler University, Ball State University, and twice at PASIC: 2004 in Nashville, TN, and 2009 here in Indianapolis.

Mr. Hetrick is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams, Evans, Vic Firth, and Sabian products.

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