Meet the musicians

Von Hansen

Von Hansen (b. 1984) holds the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion at Washburn University.  Dr. Hansen is a performer, composer, educator and multi-media artist. He is strongly focused on developing new music and specializes in works combining percussion and electronics. Von believes in bringing joy and thought through engaging musical experiences, whether that is through writing, performing, or collaborating with musical and visual artists. As the President of the Kansas Percussive Arts Society and a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Technology Committee, Von is committed to increasing the educational opportunities for percussionists. He has presented concerts and masterclasses at various universities and conferences including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, The Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance, The Kansas and Oklahoma Days of Percussion, The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy and SEAMUS. Von has performed with the Wichita Symphony, Wichita Chamber Chorale, The Wichita Grand Opera, Topeka Symphony Orchestra and local jazz and theatre gigs.  He is a member of the Great Plains Percussion Group and MapMusik, a collective of musical and visual artists presenting works that engage communities around Kansas.  Dr. Hansen is sponsored by Vic Firth Sticks and Black Swamp Percussion.

Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance: The University of Kansas

Master of Music in Percussion Performance: Central Michigan University

Master of Music in Composition: Central Michigan University

Bachelor of Music Education: Washburn University