Distinguished Professor Christopher Shultis's career began as an orchestral musician, first with the Lansing Symphony and then the Santa Fe Opera. He was Principal Percussionist for the New Mexico Symphony (1980-1986) and Principal Timpanist for the Orchestra of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Symphony (1980-1994). In 1980, he became Director of Percussion Studies at the University of New Mexico. He received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 1997, was awarded two Fulbrights to Germany, and in 2010 delivered the 55th Annual Research Lecture, “the highest honor UNM bestows on its faculty.” Shultis's compositions are published by the American Composers Alliance and a CD, Devisadero: Music from the New Mexico Wilderness, is available through Navona Recordings.
Scott Ney has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1998 where he is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion. He directs the UNM Percussion Ensemble, percussioNM, UNM Marimba Band, and is co-director of the UNM Steel Band.
percussioNM is one of four chamber percussion ensembles at the University of New Mexico. The ensemble focuses on performing classic and new percussion literature and working with contemporary composers and artists.