Jamie Whitmarsh

Jamie Wind Whitmarsh is an award-winning American composer, percussionist, and conductor presently located in Tallahassee, Florida. He performs with chamber ensemble Duo Rodinia, and is Music Director for the Tallahassee Composer's Orchestra. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from Florida State University and Bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from Oklahoma City University.

Jamie has done well in composition competitions, including placing first in the 2012 PAS Composition Contest, second in the 2013 PAS composition Contest, first in the FSU Orchestral Composition Competition, honorable mention in the James P. and Shirley J. Obrien Endowment Composition Competition, and first in the 2013 MTNA National Composition Contest. His music has been performed at several national and international conventions/conferences, including PASIC, ITG, MTNA, and the 16th Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University, as well as by such groups as the Tallahassee Composer's Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Community Chorus, National Broadway Chorus, Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, soprano Rachelle Fleming, principal trumpet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Ryan Beach, steel pan virtuoso Liam Teague, and many more.

He has performed for a variety of events, including being the solo percussionist for a re-staging of Nancy Smith Fichter's Soundings, joining a mass of percussionists in performing John Luther Adams' Inuksuit at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, performed as soloist with the Tallahassee Composer's Orchestra on Joseph Craven's Concerto for Tenor Pan in C, and toured the Eastern U.S. with a new music ensemble which culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. As a member of Duo Rodinia, Jamie has performed at several universities, including Florida State University, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University, and University of South Alabama. Jamie is also a multiple-time soloist at the Oklahoma Day of Percussion. He can be heard on the compact disc Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume II: Not Far From Here.

While attending FSU, Jamie was elected to lead his peers as president of the student chapter of the Society of Composers, Incorporated. During his tenure, he boosted attendance, curated multiple concerts, and increased the composition program's visibility and reputation on campus. While at OCU, Jamie was president of Project 21, co-founded the Carl Albert High School Composition Competition, wrote for multiple productions by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and formed the OCU Steel Drum Band. He spends his summers teaching theory and aural skills at the OCU Performing Arts Academy, and percussion at both the OCU Percussion Camp and the Piedmont Percussion Project Summer Camps. He is also highly active as a wind/percussion arranger with many marching bands.

Jamie has studied composition with Edward Knight, Ladislav Kubik, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Lendell Black, Kris Maloy, and Mark Wingate; percussion with David Steffens, Steve Craft, Ben Fraley and Tommy Dobbs; conducting with Matthew Mailman; and steel pan with Mia Gormandy. His music is published by Jamie Wind Whitmarsh Music, C. Alan Publications, and Engine Room Publications. He is a member of SCI, ASCAP, and PAS and serves on the Composition Contest Committee for PAS.