University of Nebraska Omaha, Heartland Marimba Quartet
An avid solo and chamber performer, Hannah Weaver is passionate about performing contemporary music and exploring interdisciplinary collaborations, such as her work with visual artist Sarah Hall and choreographer Katrinka Stayton. Hannah believes in the importance of making the arts more accessible to and representative of all people, advocating for this through her programming choices and participation in projects such as the New Quartets Project, for which she and fellow Heartland Marimba Quartet members commissioned six marimba quartets by female composers of diverse backgrounds.
A member of the Heartland Marimba Quartet, Hannah performed with the quartet as soloists with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and will be leading the International Marimba Orchestra with her quartet-mates at PASIC 2021 as the culmination of their fall 2021 tour. She also performs in the mixed chamber trio “Odds and Ends” (saxophone, clarinet and percussion), which will release its debut album fall ‘21. Summers of 2016-2018, Hannah was percussion fellow with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and summer 2019 she attended the Lake George Music Festival as one of two percussion fellows. She has also held fellowships with the Texas Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Hannah is Assistant Professor of Percussion at University of Nebraska-Omaha. An open and energetic teacher committed to cultivating her students’ individual musicianship, she previously taught at Virginia Tech during the 2018 spring semester. Hannah has presented clinics at a number of universities, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowling Green State University, Radford University, the University of Indianapolis, and Eastern Tennessee State University. She has coached and conducted percussion ensembles at Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Virginia Tech, and University of Rochester.
In November of 2018, Hannah competed in the semifinals of the TROMP International Percussion Competition in Amsterdam. She also placed in the semifinals of the 2009 Paris International Marimba Competition and won the 2014 PASIC Orchestra Mock Audition. In 2015 she was a featured concerto performer with the National Repertory Orchestra, performing Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur.
Hannah previously held positions as Principal Timpanist for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Second Percussionist for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Roanoke Symphony and Syracuse Symphoria. She has performed with Renee Fleming, Augustin Hadelich, Orli Shaham, Audra McDonald, Bob Becker, Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, Carol Jantsch, and Michael Burritt. She has had the opportunity to work closely with many great composers, including Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Andrew Norman, Sean Shepherd, Chris Cerrone, Steve Mackey, and Ted Hearne.
Hannah received a B.M. in Percussion Performance from Eastman School of Music, an M.M. in Percussion Performance and an M.M. in Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, and a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance and Literature and the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman. Hannah is an active member of NAfME and PAS and is a proud endorser of Malletech products.