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April 22, 2010

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Adjunct Professor in Music Tom Teasley wins Helen Hayes Award


Washington, DC - Congratulations to World Percussionist Tom Teasley, recipient of the 26th Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production for his original music conceived for the Constellation Theater production of Crazyface. The Helen Hayes Awards are awarded annually for the purpose of recognizing excellence and celebrating the professional theatre in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Tom serves on the faculty of the Music Program at the Department of Mass Media, Visual and Performing Arts.  He has also served as the Chair of the Percussion Department at Levine School of Music in Washington, DC where he is Artist-in-Residence.

About Tom Teasley
Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as a "percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word," performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments ranging from an assortment of hand drums from around the world; drum set, orchestral percussion and a variety of current electronic instruments. Teasley is recognized throughout the world as a fusion percussionist and recording artist. He is highly regarded as a clinician in the field of world percussion. He holds the unique distinction of having presented at PASIC, the world's largest and most prestigious percussion event, on three occasions.

His multiple musical interests have instilled in him the need to create new sounds by combining timeless musical practices with contemporary influences. He has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles World Music Festival, many music festivals in Europe and the Kennedy Center where he was Artist-in-Residence. Tom produces hundreds of his solo performance "The Drum: Ancient Traditions Today.”  In addition, he has presented clinics and performances throughout the US and Europe including Eastman School of Music and Princeton University. His numerous recordings and videos have met with critical acclaim from print media, including Modern Drummer Magazine where he was the subject of a feature article. His music is aired throughout the country and is often featured on NPR, including "All Things Considered."

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