Eric Willie, percussion


Described as a "true musical talent and professional,” Eric Willie has a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Big Ears Music Festival, and as a performer and clinician in Brasil and Russia.

A proponent of contemporary chamber music, Eric has performed with Nief-Norf, the LegalWood Project, the COLLAPSS ensemble, as well as the Alias Chamber Ensemble concert series. As an orchestral player, he is a section member with the Winston-Salem Symphony, and has been an extra percussionist with the Charlotte, Greensboro, Nashville, and Roanoke Symphonies.

A devoted promoter of new music for percussion, Eric has commissioned and/or premiered works by Christopher Adler, Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Paul Lansky, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, John Psathas, Jason Treuting, Ivan Trevino, Alejandro Viñao, and James Wood, among others.

In addition to his performance opportunities, Eric serves as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Here, he teaches applied percussion, and serves as Director for the Graduate and Undergraduate Classical Percussion Ensembles, Maracatu Nação do UNCG, Samba Reggae do UNCG, and the 1:00 UNCG Steel Band. You can find out more about Eric by visiting