James Wyman, Principal Timpanist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

James Wyman
Principal Timpanist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


JAMES WYMAN James Wyman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Timpanist at the start of the 2013-14 season. Prior to his appointment with the BSO, James held Principal Timpani positions with the Erie Philharmonic, the Reading Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has also performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, City Music Cleveland, and spent one summer performing with the Brevard Festival Orchestra.

A native of Ashtabula Ohio, James earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2006, where he studied with Josh Ryan. During his studies he focused heavily on solo, chamber and non-western music and was part of a bata drumming trio. The following year was spent studying privately with Cleveland Orchestra timpanist Paul Yancich. Afterwards, James attended Carnegie Mellon University to study timpani with Timothy K. Adams, earning his Master of Music degree in 2009. His other teachers include Paul Evans, Chris Allen and Jeremy Branson.

‪"There always seems to be that gray area of sounds between round, dark and warm, and bright and articulate.  JGpercussion mallets help me create those in-between ‪sounds ‬for a beautiful, warm and focused tone that still has amazing clarity for the most articulate passages. The spectrum of sound possibilities are unlimited."‬ - James Wyman

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