Frank Shaffer, Associate Professor of Percussion received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music
Education from Duquesne University while performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
In New Haven, Connecticut, he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts
degrees from Yale University while performing with the Bridgeport and New Haven Symphonies.
His principal teachers include Eugene Fabrizi, William Schneiderman, and Fred Hinger.
He has also participated in masterclasses with Leigh Howard Stevens and Cloyd Duff.
Dr. Shaffer has served on the planning committees of the Percussive Arts Society International
conventions for 1989, 1996, 2001, and 2004. He was also percussion consultant and
English translation editor for Chilpachole de Arpa, a bilingual harp method based
on the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico. In addition, Dr. Shaffer was a member
of the Festival Marimba Orchestra at the West Point Music Festival in March, 1998.
From 1999 to 2008, he served as orchestra sub-chair on the Percussive Arts Society
Health and wellness Committee, and continues to serve as mallet sub-chair. Elected
president of the Tennessee State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in 2004, he
was re-elected in 2006. In May of 2007 he played in a faculty recital and gave masterclasses
at the East China Normal University and the Shanghai Conservatory in China. In December
2007, he was invited to perform in the Festival Virtuosi Orchestra in Recife, Brazil.
He performed and taught at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 1979-2008 and served
as Associate Director of the festival from 2001-2006. Dr. Shaffer has been principal
timpanist of the Memphis Symphony since 1975 and a percussionist with the Iris Orchestra