Performing Artists

Richard Jensen

Richard Jensen currently holds the Morleen and Jack Rouse Associate Timpani and Percussion chair with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 1972 at the age of 20. With that ensemble he has toured throughout the USA, Asia and Europe and can be heard on over one hundred CSO and Cincinnati Pops recordings playing percussion and timpani. He has been featured soloist with the CSO on several occasions, performing the Philip Glass concerto for two timpanists and Richard Mills’ Soundscapes for Percussion and Orchestra. He has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Grand Teton Music Festival and at the Marrowstone Music Festival. A former faculty member of CCM and Northern Kentucky University, he also taught privately at Finneytown High School in the 1970’s. A native of Seattle, Washington, Richard attended the University of Washington and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Fred Hinger. Endorsements include Zildjian cymbals, Adams/Pearl products and ProMark.

Michael Culligan

Michael Culligan was appointed Associate Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras by Louis Langree in 2015, Michael is from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After receiving a Bachelors in Science in Music Education from Duquesne University where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony percussionists Chris Allen and Andrew Reamer, Michael earned his Master of Music at Temple University under the tutelage of Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, and Angie Nelson. Following post-graduate work with Jeremy Branson and Ed Stephan at Duquesne, Michael was appointed 2nd percussion in the West Virginia Symphony and Canton Symphony. From 2010-2015, he performed as a regular extra in the Pittsburgh Symphony, including several tours with performances at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Berlin Philharmonie, among others.

Susan Powell

Susan Powell is currently professor and director of percussion studies at The Ohio State University School of Music. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. Powell specializes in the areas of multiple and keyboard percussion, and is considered one of the foremost ragtime xylophone soloists of her generation. She has appeared at both the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and the Northwestern Summer Keyboard Seminar as performer and clinician, and has presented sessions at the Percussive Arts Society Conventions, Ohio Music Educator Association conferences, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and at numerous universities and festivals across the U.S. and Europe. She has performed as a solo and chamber musician in Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany, England, Sweden, Mexico and Japan. Under her direction, the Ohio State Percussion Ensemble has twice presented showcase concerts at PASIC (2005/2008), in addition to tours of Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming, and a performance at the Midwest Clinic. She is an active composer of works for percussion, having pieces published with both Innovative Percussion Publications and Keyboard Percussion Publications. Powell is a performing artist for Malletech keyboard instruments and mallets and an educational endorser for Zildjian, Grover Pro Percussion and Remo drumheads. She performs regularly with the Pendulum Duo (Joseph Krygier) and Sympatico Percussion Group.

Patrick O'Rourke

Patrick O’Rourke is a percussion educator specialized in rudimental and marching styles. He is currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in Instrumental Music Education with percussion emphasis. There, he is a student of PAS hall of fame inductees Rusty Burge and Jim Culley. In 2017, Patrick was a part of the world class marching percussion ensemble Rhythm X where he played marching bass drum. In 2018 he was the silver medalist at the PAS International Marching Snare Solo Competition at PASIC. Since the summer of 2016, Patrick has taught drumlines at 5 different schools throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and is currently head of percussion at Moeller High School and Williamstown High School. In his spare time, Patrick creates videos online based around marching percussion in a project known as ChopOut. The instagram page (@chop.out) amassed 500,000 total view in the first 100 videos and surpassed 5,000 followers in March of 2019. The music written for this project has been played by students from coast to coast, as well as the UK, Netherlands and South Korea.

Steven Starks

Steven Starks is a jazz drummer from Oklahoma City, OK. After attending Oklahoma State University for 2 years, Steven transferred to the University of North Texas. During his time at UNT he was fortunate enough to receive the prestigious Shelley Manne Memorial Scholarship and studied privately with Ed Soph, Quincy Davis, and Jose Aponte. He has also studied privately with Ari Hoenig, Benny Greb, and Mike Clark. Steven performed in many groups during his time at UNT, including the award-winning U-Tubes, the Zebras ensemble, as well as various big bands. Today, Steven continues performing and teaching throughout the DFW area.

Rusty Burge

Rusty Burge joined the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty in 1992 as a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati, with whom he has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include the Japan World Drum Festival, Chinese International Music Festival, Taipei International Percussion Convention, the Ravinia Festival, Merkin Hall in New York City and the International Percussion Convention. He has recorded with the Group for the Mode, Centaur, Einstein and Ars Moderno labels. The Group has also made concerto appearances with more than twenty different symphony orchestras. He was formerly principal percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony and plays extra with the Cincinnati Symphony. He received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and a masters degree from CCM.

Professor Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone and directs the CCM Steel band. He is an active jazz vibraphonist who has recorded for Summit, J Curve Records, Human Records and Telarc. Recent jazz performances with Ted Nash, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, Steve Houghton, Roland Vazquez, Michael Spiro and Jim Rupp. Recent performances at the 2016 PASIC Convention, the 2016 Midwest Clinic and the 2017 JEN Convention with the BAHA Quartet (Burge, Allee, Houghton and Allen.) His latest recordings are Faraway (with Steve Allee) and Driftin' with Steve Houghton, Steve Allee and Jeremy Allen. In 2017 Burge (as a member of PGC) was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.