Dr. Michael Varner
Associate Professor of Percussion, Percussion, World Music
Location: Room 223 Fine Arts Building
Michael Varner teaches percussion at UTA, a position he has held for 23 years. As Coordinator of Percussion activities, he is involved in every aspect of percussion, including Percussion Ensemble, Marching Percussion, Marimba Ensemble, and a full schedule of private students.
Varner frequently presents solo recitals of both time-honored and newly composed works for percussion. He is currently presenting recitals in preparation for the national release of a solo CD featuring newly commissioned works for marimba and multiple percussion. He regularly performs chamber music and studio work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has presented many clinics for the Music Educators National Convention and several state conventions. He presented percussion clinics across the U.S. on musicality and the snare drum and presented “Beyond time and technique: Discovering the “musical” snare drum” at the Kansas, Indiana, and West Virginia Music Educators State Conventions.
Dr. Varner, a faculty member of the UTA Honors College, has presented numerous lectures on world music and has studied music and culture in Japan and China. While visiting Japan, he also presented clinics and performances on American traditional drumming. He is very active nationally in the field of marching percussion, both adjudicating and presenting demonstrations of innovations. Under his guidance, the UTA drum line has been nationally recognized and has competed in numerous marching exhibitions and Percussive Arts Societies International competitions. He has worked with numerous drum and bugle corps, including the DCI champion Chicago Cavaliers.
Dr. Varner accepts frequent commissions from university and high schools across the United States and publishes many of his own compositions. He has released works through Southern Music, Studio Four, and Permus Publications. He received his Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.