Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Justin Gingrich

Justin Gingrich

Percussion Division

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Justin Gingrich is an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Music’s Preparatory School Division at Carnegie Mellon University. His performance roles are as Principal Timpanist of the Fresno Philharmonic, Principal Timpanist and Principal Percussionist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Percussionist with the Johnstown Symphony.

On timpani, percussion, and drum set, Gingrich has performed with groups all across the U.S., including the San Francisco Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh; Madison Symphony (WI); Canton Symphony (OH), and with a plethora of other orchestras and chamber / new music groups.

He has worked under the batons of Giancarlo Guerrero, Joel Revzen, Robert Spano, Martin West, and Victor Yampolsky. Gingrich has shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli, Itzhak Perlman, Lucas Meachum, Midori, and singer-songwriter, Seal. In the summers, Gingrich has performed with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera; the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI; the Aspen Music Festival; and the Festival Orchestra NAPA | Blackburn Music Academy.

Gingrich completed a Performance Certificate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Master’s of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s of Music at Lawrence University. His primary teachers were Christopher Allen, Jeremy Branson, Paul Evans, Jake Nissly, Ed Stephan, and Jack van Geem. While a member of the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble (LUPÉ), the group earned a DownBeat Student Music Award for Best Latin Jazz Ensemble Performance and a Percussive Arts Society Award for Best World Music Ensemble.

He has taught for over a decade. Past posts include: Associate Lecturer of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus; Director of Percussion for the Xavier Catholic School System; and Music Instructor at over a dozen schools and shops across the United States.