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Music Professor Invited to Premier New Work

SIOUX FALLS – Dr. John C. Pennington, Professor of Music, has been invited to perform and premier a new work at the Percussive Arts Societies International Convention November 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Pennington will premier his new work on the opening day. He will be accompanied by musicians from New York University and the University of Hartford. Attendance at the convention is approximately 9,000 high school, college, and professional musicians from around the globe.

An invitational was extended to Dr. Pennington from more than 9,000 entries. The competition was juried by a panel of international judges.

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.

Today, PAS is 9,000-members strong with 50 chapters located across the United States, and an additional 24 chapters outside the United States. Now in its 33rd year, PASIC features more than 100 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. The top percussion artists from all over the world present and perform in areas that include, drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, timpani, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health and wellness. In addition, more than 60 domestic and international PAS Chapters host Days of Percussion and other clinics in their regions throughout the year.

Dr. Pennington is in his first year teaching at Augustana.