Guest Co-Director of MSM Percussion Ensemble
Mike Perdue is a composer, percussionist, and operations manager in New York City. His career as a performer spans numerous genres and settings, including chamber music, orchestra, solo percussion, and drum corps. As a chamber player, Perdue has appeared with New York groups Tactus and Ensemble Mise-En, Atlanta’s Sonic Generator, and Alia Musica Pittsburgh. He was a main stage evening concert soloist at the 2005 PASIC convention in Columbus, Ohio. As a composer, he has received commissions from the RighteousGIRLS duo Gina Izzo and Erika Dohi, marimbist She-e Wu, the 2012 Acht Brücken festival in Cologne, and the Norway-based NorthArc Percussion.
Perdue is from a rural community in Alabama. He studied music performance at Carnegie Mellon University and Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Paula Williams, Tim Adams, Paul Evans, John Ferrari, and Jeffrey Milarsky. Perdue was the eighth employee hired at a venture-backed tech startup in Manhattan.