Oliver Molina

Oliver Molina's Biography

Oliver Molina is an Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At NSU, he teaches the marching band percussion section, applied percussion lessons, an introduction to music education, conducts a concert band and co-directs the percussion ensemble.

Currently, Mr. Molina is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa under Dr. Dan Moore. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Molina is an active percussion performer, educator, arranger, adjudicator and clinician. He has performed at various state Day of Percussion events, PASIC and other music education conferences. He has served as a clinician for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer percussion camp program and has adjudicated many marching contests and state solo and ensemble festivals. Mr. Molina also has articles published in the PAS Journal Percussive Notes and has percussion ensemble and steel band arrangements published through Alfred Publications.

As an active soloist and chamber ensemble musician, Mr. Molina seeks new literature from composers and commissions new works. He has joined several consortiums including those involving composers Alejandro Vinao, Baljinder Sekhon, Steven Snowden, Ivan TreviƱo and Marc Mellits. Mr. Molina has teamed up with Dr. Joe W. Moore III to form the Omojo Percussion Duo. The duo was formed in 2013, and they have presented clinics and performed recitals throughout the southeastern United States.

Mr. Molina endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals and Black Swamp Percussion. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, National Society for Steel Band Educators and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

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