1. Faculty

Jacob Nissly

Director, Percussion Ensemble; Co-Chair, Percussion


  • Applied Percussion


  • MM, The Juilliard School
  • BM, Jazz Studies, Northwestern University


  • San Francisco Symphony, Principal, 2013–Present
  • The Cleveland Orchestra, Principal, 2011–2013
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Principal, 2010–2011

What is your hometown?

Grimes, IA

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Running and reading.

Who were your major teachers?

Michael Burritt, Greg Zuber, Michael Werner, James Ross, and Dan Druckman.

What recordings can we hear you on?

San Francisco Symphony, Mason Bates - Works for Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra, Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Live at St. Florian
Mason Bates, Stereo is King
St. Louis Symphony, City Noir