New Jersey native Jeff Calissi (b. 1976) 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.
Jeff’s compositions, arrangements and recordings are available from C. Alan Publications and Garden State 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.
He holds memberships in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers as both a writer and publisher, the College Music Society and the Percussive Arts Society. As a member of PAS, Jeff has presented several times at the society's international convention, PASIC, has performed at multiple state chapter Days of Percussion, and served as chair of the Scholarly Research Committee and associate keyboard editor for the Percussive Notes Journal.
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 where he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society. 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.
In his life outside the classroom and off-stage, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, pianist Rebecca 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 the perfect Italian dinner.
"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