Dr. Kendra McLean, Percussionist

Dr. Kendra McLean
Percussionist: Performer and Educator     

Dr. Kendra McLean is an active performer and clinician in the Puget Sound region. She performs often with the Tacoma and Federal Way Symphonies and in the percussion duo Doctors in Resonance with Japanese marimbist, Dr. Memmi Ochi. Dr. McLean specializes in orchestral, jazz, rock, Ghanaian, and contemporary percussion. She teaches percussion at Western Washington University and in her private studio in Federal Way.

Dr. McLean holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology from The University of Arizona, a Master of Musical Arts from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Western Washington University. She has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Phoenix, Tucson, Tacoma, Federal Way, and Juneau (AK) symphonies and was the principal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. Solo volunteer performances include churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.

In 2005, Dr. McLean traveled to Port of Spain, Trinidad for Panorama and Carnival and she is a performing artist on The University of Arizona's UA Steel CD "Panstraction." In 2006, Dr. McLean spent five weeks in Ghana, West Africa to study drumming and the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone). In 2009, she was awarded travel grants from the University of Arizona to travel to Appleton, Wisconsin for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Other awards she has earned include Concerto Competition Winner from Western Washington University, the Music Advisory Board Scholarship from The University of Arizona, the Graduate Achievement Award in Service from Ohio University, and the McMahon Foundation National Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society.

Dr. McLean has been teaching private music lessons since 1994. She has been the Chair of the Education Committee for the Washington Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and percussion coach for the Tacoma Youth Symphonies. Dr. McLean has also taught at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, New England Music Camp in Maine as a faculty member, The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist.

Dr. McLean's instructors have included Bill Wanser, Patrick Roulet, Norm Weinberg, Gary Cook, Robin Horn, Roger Braun, Guy Remonko, Bernard Woma, and Keith Aleo. She has also studied conducting with David Wallace and John Climer.
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