Dr. Nick Petrella


Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for Sabian Ltd. He maintains a full schedule as a performer and has commissioned and premiered over a dozen new compositions. Nick has many solo, chamber and large ensemble performances to his credit. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, a Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Nick was on the faculty of Oakland University from 2002 to 2006. He was the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas Christian University from 1996 to 2001. In 1998, the TCU Percussion Ensemble performed as the first percussion ensemble invited to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. During the 1992-93 academic year, Nick was invited to develop the percussion pedagogy course at the Royal Northern College of Music, England. It was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. He was the percussion coach for two consecutive years with the World Youth Orchestra, in Switzerland and Taiwan, and has been an adjudicator for many marching, solo and percussion ensemble competitions throughout the US.

Committed to percussion education, Nick has published numerous articles in US and European music journals. He is the author of two Carl Fischer publications: The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals w/DVD and The Multiple-Percussion Book w/CD, which has been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. He holds nine designs for sticks, mallets and percussion accessories currently on the market, and has been a consultant to many companies in the music industry. Nick is a Yamaha performing artist and has appeared as a clinician, teacher and performer throughout North America, Europe and Asia.