Shannon Wood


Shannon was named Principal Timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony in 2013. Previous positions include Principal Timpani positions with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. During the summer he serves as Principal Timpanist of the Mozaic Festival in San Luis Obispo, California. As an orchestral and chamber musician he has toured extensively throughout Europe, New Zealand, South America, Asia, and the United States and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand, and Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy.
Shannon received a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan as a Charlie Owen Scholarship recipient studying under Michael Udow and Salvatore Rabbio. He received a Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University studying with Alan Abel, former Associate Principal Percussion of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Shannon is a New World Symphony alumnus where he focused on orchestral studies under the musical direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Shannon has served on the faculty of the University of Miami and Interlochen Arts Centre and his summer engagements have included the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Tetons, Spoleto USA/Italy, Tanglewood, and GRAZ.

In addition to his artistry as a percussionist, Shannon is an accomplished composer. In 2011 and 2012 the Grand Rapids Symphony commissioned him for an orchestral work. The 2012 commission, Concerto for Section Percussion, won 1st place in the classical music genre at ArtPrize. A commission by the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Solo Percussion and Chamber Orchestra, was premiered in September 2013. His chamber work, Oort Cloud, for Solo Percussion and Others (8 players) featuring Wood as soloist, was performed with the St. Louis Symphony.