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Jonathan Ovalle

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Jonathan Ovalle


Jonathan Ovalle (b. 1976, Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican-American composer, educator and percussionist.

Ovalle has performed internationally in Asia, Europe, Canada, as well as throughout the United States including: the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference, The Midwest Clinic, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), and New Music Detroit's annual Strange Beautiful Music, among others. His experience also includes performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and Pepe Espinosa, as well as a tour of concerts and workshops for students in Pune and Mumbai, India with Neeraj Mehta as the percussion duo, Percunova.

Individually and with collaborative projects, he has presented workshops and clinics at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Baylor University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Kentucky, among others and has held a variety of professional positions in symphony orchestras, military bands, as university percussion teachers, freelancers, chamber musicians, entrepreneurs, and public-school educators.

He currently serves as a resident faculty member of the International Percussion Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has served on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Chamber Festival Intensive in Idyllwild, California, and has been featured as a guest artist at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Symposium, University of Central Florida Summer Percussion Symposium, as well as the Ohio, Tennessee, Ontario, Michigan, Idaho, Quebec, and Emory University Days of Percussion.

Since 2018, he has served on the International Artistic Advisory Board of Musikal Husky Publications in Graz, Austria, and served as an editor for their first publication, Rhythm Keeper. He is currently collaborating as a co-author for the follow-up publication, Rhythm Keeper II, along with drummer/percussionist Steve Aho and pianist/pedagogue Samantha Steitz.

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