Northern Arizona University
Senior & Junior Camp
Josh Gottry earned a BM in Percussion Performance at Northern Arizona University and a MM in Composition at Arizona State University and has successfully established himself as a highly regarded percussion instructor and performer and as an internationally recognized composer.
Mr. Gottry currently serves as music faculty in the Maricopa Community College District teaching courses in percussion, music theory and composition, music humanities, and music business. Additionally, he works with percussion ensembles and private percussion students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. His private students consistently earn the highest ratings at the Arizona State Solo & Ensemble Festival, place in All-Region and All-State Ensembles, and several have earned scholarships to percussion and composition programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Berklee College of Music. Mr. Gottry's performance record spans over 20 years with experience including professional orchestras, music theater, community and chamber ensembles, as well as solo performances and recitals. In 2011, he was selected to serve as a teaching artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, presenting clinics and residencies on percussion and composition for schools and after-school programs.
Mr. Gottry's first composition, "Irrelevant" for solo marimba, earned him an ASCAP Young Composer Competition grant in 1995. Since that time, he has been selected for numerous ASCAP Plus awards and has created approximately fifty published works. Having come to composition through his musical pursuits as a percussionist, he is uniquely able to create works for percussion that are engaging, pedagogical, and brilliantly creative. His compositions, which have been performed throughout the world at schools, festivals, and international conventions, are credited with “intelligent scoring and attention to detail” that highlight “beautiful and calm unpretentious melodies and soundscapes.”
Josh Gottry is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He is a clinician for Mike Balter Mallets, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Yamaha Percussion. Mr. Gottry recently served three years as President and six years as Vice-President for the Arizona State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is currently Chair of the PAS Composition Contest Committee, a member of the PAS Education Committee, and a new literature reviewer for the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Gottry has been published in several issues of Percussive Notes and has presented clinics at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.