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Occupation(s)  Percussionist
Name  Lisa Pegher

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Instruments  Percussion, Drums, Drum Set
Albums  Minimal Art: Imaginary Windows
Similar People  David Stock, Richard Danielpour, Boston Modern Orchestra, Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts

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Lisa Mae Pegher is an American drummer and percussion soloist.


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Lisa Mae Pegher grew up in rural western Pennsylvania, close to Pittsburgh. Her grade school teacher encouraged her early development by volunteering to pay for her first drum. She studied music in Pittsburgh where she became a student of Jack DiIanni, a timpanist with the ballet and later studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Pegher moved to Chicago to continue her studies at Northwestern University.

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While in her early twenties, Pegher made her solo percussion debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2001 She was the first percussionist to win concerto competitions at both of the universities she attended. In the United States, she has been helpful in making several competitions allow solo percussion as a category.


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According to Symphony Magazine, Lisa Pegher is "blazing a particularly rocky, un-trodden trail" in the world of percussion. She has premiered numerous works for solo percussion including a New Music USA grant commission with composer David Stock premiering his "Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra", Mathew Rosenblum's Double Concerto for Percussion and Saxophone with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, saxophonist Kenneth Coon, conducted by Gil Rose. Brett William Dietz's "Concerto for Percussion and Wind Symphony" and Richard Danielpour's "Wounded Healer" Percussion Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

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As a soloist, she has appeared across the globe in numerous venues and cities such as Chicago, Tokyo, Eindhoven, Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lansing MI, Washington D.C. and New York. She was one of only two Americans chosen to perform at the TROMP International Percussion Competition and Festival in the Netherlands and has been a featured artist at the Percussive Arts Society Convention on numerous occasions. She has appeared on many radio shows including on NPRs WGTE.

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Prior to launching her full-time solo career, she performed regularly with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and as the principal timpanist for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.

Pegher has also fused elements of computer music, projection art and improvisation in a new multi-media show "Minimal Art," a collaboration with composer Andrew Knox and graphic designer Ben Hill. The premiere performance was supplemented by Garland Goodwin Wilsons's dance company, "Of Moving Colors" in Baton Rouge, November 7, 2009. She founded her own band Controlled Chaos in 2015 while living in Brooklyn, New York.


  • "David Stock: Concertos" (2016) Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • "Mobiüs Loop" (2013) Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • "Minimal Art: Imaginary Windows" (2010)
  • "Drunken Moon: The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble" (2006)
  • Awards

  • Aspen Music Scholarship awarded by the Minnesota Orchestra music competition recipient
  • winner of the Vladimir R. Bakaleninkoff Memorial Fund Scholarship
  • winner of Women’s Advisory Board Music competition at the Mary Pappert School of Music
  • Director’s Prize at the Kingsville (Texas) International Music Competition
  • recipient of the international YAMAHA Young Performing Artist Award.
  • William J. Spencer award fund at Northwestern University
  • first place honors at the Northwestern University Concerto/Aria competition
  • Personal

    Lisa is an avid runner, and frequently practices hatha yoga.


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