Dr. Kendra McLean has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Phoenix, Tucson, Tacoma, Federal Way, and Juneau (AK) symphonies. Solo volunteer performances include churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.
Dr. McLean specializes in orchestral, Ghanaian, and contemporary percussion. She is a performing artist on The University of Arizona's UA Steel CD "Panstraction" and in the CD "The Rosewood Notebook" as a part of the marimba duo Doctors in Resonance with Japanese marimbist Memmi Ochi.
Dr. McLean has taught on the faculty at Western Washington University, The University of Rio Grande (OH), and New England Music Camp (ME), as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Ohio University and The University of Arizona, as the All-State percussion instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI), and as a percussion and music specialist within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools.
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.
In 2005, Dr. McLean traveled to Port of Spain, Trinidad for Panorama and Carnival. 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.
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.
Solo marimba performance by Dr. Kendra McLean