TODD MEEHAN currently serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at the Baylor University School of Music. He joined the faculty in 2003 and was recently honored with Baylor University’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching. His performance endeavors are focused on the creation of new music for percussion. In this capacity he has commissioned works from Paul Lansky, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, Tristan Perich, Alejandro Viñao, John Supko, Matt McBane, and Jonathan Leshnoff, among many others, and has presented numerous premieres for solo and chamber percussion.
In 2006 Todd co-founded the Meehan/ Perkins Duo with percussionist Doug Perkins. Since its inception the Duo has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Monadnock Music, the Stone, and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, in addition to performing and teaching master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the country and abroad. The Duo’s collaborative New World Records release with the Baylor Percussion Group entitled Restless, Tactless, Endless – Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music, was called “an engaging experience” by Gramophone and “immaculately played by the duo” by BBC Music Magazine. Their second album, Travel Diary, was released on Bridge Records in November 2011 and features commissioned works by David Lang and Paul Lansky, as well as electro-acoustic works by Tristan Perich and Nathan Davis. The Duo’s most recent release (2015) entitled Parallels features Tristan Perich’s epic 51-minute work for tuned triangles, hi-hats, and 4 channel 1-bit electronics.
Todd began his professional life as a founding member of So Percussion, a group called “consistently impressive” by the New York Times and “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard. During his tenure with the group, Todd worked with composers Steve Reich, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, and James Wood, among others. He can be heard on So Percussion’s debut, self-titled album released on Cantaloupe Records in 2003.
As an orchestral musician, Todd has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including performances under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano, Myung Whung Chung, and Peter Oundjian. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and is an alumnus of the Pacific Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. He currently serves as Principal Timpanist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Notable performance credits include multiple appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the BAM Next Wave Festival, Miller Theater’s Composer Portrait Series, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Additionally, Todd has performed live on WNYC’s New Sounds Live hosted by John Schaefer. As a chamber musician he has performed alongside members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Todd has recorded on Cantaloupe Music, New World Records, Bridge Records, and Arizona University Recording’s Contemporary Composer and Performer Series.
Todd received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Music degree from Yale University. He also pursued non-degree studies at DePaul University. His principal teachers include Robert van Sice, George Frock, James Ross, and Michael Green.
Todd Meehan plays Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Black Swamp accessories.