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Raymond Des Roches

Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Raymond DesRoches, a pioneering classical percussionist, founded the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble in 1968 and co-directed the group with Peter Jarvis and Gary Van Dyke until 2004. The ensemble has appeared in the United States and Europe as guests of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, the San Francisco Symphony, the Gaudeamus Foundation, Radio Denmark, and countless others.

The group can be heard on Nonesuch, Composer’s Recording Inc., Music and Arts, Koch International, Desoto, New World, NAXOS, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, and Capstone recording labels.

Raymond DesRoches Audio Documentary
An audio documentary that accompanies the article “Raymond DesRoches: An Iconic American Percussionist” by Dr. Michael J. McCurdy. It includes interviews with composers George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, and Harvey Sollberger; renowned pianist Gil Kalish; and percussionists John Ferrari, Dominic Donato, Dan Kennedy, Tom Kolor, Michael Lipsey, Joe Passaro, Pete Jarvis, and Michael McCurdy

WQXR Playlist: Raymond DesRoches