New Jersey native Jeff Calissi has a broad range of experience as a pedagogue, performing artist, and composer. The world of percussion has taken him to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States performing in a variety of wind, percussion and chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, opera companies and musical theater productions.
An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Jeff has presented several times at the society's international convention, PASIC, has performed at multiple state chapter Days of Percussion, and served as a member and chair of the Scholarly Research Committee and associate keyboard editor for the Percussive Notes Journal.
Jeff’s compositions, arrangements, and recordings are available from C. Alan Publications and his research and writings on percussion can be found in Percussive Notes Journal, Rhythm! Scene magazine, and at the Center for Mallet Percussion Research. He is an educational artist with Vic Firth sticks and mallets and Marimba One instruments.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Radford University and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an associate professor of music at Eastern Connecticut State University where he serves as the director of percussion studies and performs in the faculty percussion duo Confluence with Matt Bronson.
In his life outside the classroom and off-stage, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca McNair Calissi, watching the New York Rangers start each season on a winning streak, and being a middle-of-the-pack triathlete. He continues his quest for an Italian dinner that rivals Villa Rosa in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
"Interpretively, the works presented were performed superbly and consistent with their contact, showing great imagination....most admirable....this guy has really developed good chops!"
- Gordon Peters, Chicago Symphony (ret.)
"It is hard to decide which instrumental section was most impressive....the bass drum during the ‘Dies Irae’ shoots terror into the hearts of the listener....the gentle playing was also impressive, as in the opening section."
- Greensboro News and Record