Education: D.M.A., Iowa; M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts; B.A., UW-Green Bay
Cheryl Grosso has been a member of the Music faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 1985. She has served as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chair and Vice Chair of Arts and Visual Design, and Music Chair. She teaches studio percussion, contemporary percussion ensemble, new music ensemble, hand drumming ensemble, aural skills, and world music. She was awarded the honorable Frankenthal Professorship in 2005 and the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Professor Grosso earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa, Master of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from California Institute of the Arts, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dr. Grosso studied western percussion with John Bergamo, Karen Ervin, Ron George, Thomas L. Davis, and Tele Lesbines. She studied non-western percussion with artists Pandit Taranath Rao, Amiya Dasgupta, Alfred and Kobla Ladzekpo, Sowah Mensah, Michael Spiro, and K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat.
Dr. Grosso remains active as a percussion soloist, chamber musician, composer, and clinician. She has performed live on Wisconsin Public Radio and is a founding member of the innovative percussion quartet Olio. Her compositions for contemporary percussion are published by Smith Sonic Arts Editions and Studio 4 Publishing. Her method book, Hand Drumming Essentials, and a volume of compositions, Hand Drumming Ensembles, are published by Alfred Music Publishers. Dr. Grosso’s incidental music for the David Ives play All in the Timing won a Kennedy Center ACTF Award of Merit and her original score for the graphics short film Wire Waves was awarded first place in its category by the California Filmmakers Association.