New World Fellows Christopher Hernacki (Bass Trombone), Matthew Howard (Percussion), and Stephen Kehner (Percussion) are joined by special guest Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony, for an informative discussion on choosing the right music school.
Matthew Howard is a percussionist from Los Angeles who recently graduated with his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory studying with Will Hudgins of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also received his bachelor of music from the University of Southern California studying under Joseph Pereira and Jim Babor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has performed with such groups as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and Boston Ballet. He also has been a member in the National Repertory Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He began playing drumset at the age of 15 and would play in the high school jazz band. By 18 he found himself enthralled with the world of percussion and started studying with a local percussionist, John Magnussen. While studying with John, he also studied with recording legend, Emil Richards, on jazz vibraphone and Jerry Steinholtz on hand percussion. After a year of community college, he transferred to the University of Southern California percussion department studying with Erik Forrester. He currently is a first-year Percussion Fellow at the New World Symphony and is pursuing his dream of becoming an orchestral percussionist.
was appointed Principal Percussion of the San Francisco Symphony in 2013. Previously, he served as principal percussion of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, and he was also a member of the New World Symphony. He is an adjunct professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Nissly holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Juilliard School. He began his percussion studies with Woody Smith in Iowa.