Event Team / Education
Conner Viets is a multi-faceted percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and educator.
Alongside fellow percussionist, Hannah Gallamore, Conner founded CHannel2, a percussion duo dedicated to expanding the capabilities of the rapidly evolving percussive arts idiom through collaborations with innovative composers and dynamic performances. CH2 has performed extensively throughout the Midwest, giving clinics and performances at schools in the Kansas City and St. Louis Metropolitan areas, performing at the 2019 TEDx UMKC Conference, and appearing at the 2019 Nebraska Day of Percussion. Additionally, CH2 toured with the 2019 Heartland Marimba Ensemble, contributing to a concert series spanning five states. Recent competitive success includes 1st Place in the 2017 and 2019 Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy duet competitions, runner-up at the 2019 Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and Second Prize in the 2019 International ENKOR Competition.
As a soloist, Conner explores an eclectic set of musical interests across a myriad of instruments. He won the 2020 Black Swamp Collegiate Snare Drum Solo Competition and received runner-up in the 2017 Missouri Day of Percussion Collegiate Solo Keyboard Competition.
As an educator, Conner was recently appointed percussion instructor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL in addition to assisting with percussion activities at Coral Reef High School. Prior to relocating to Miami, he worked with the Cornhusker Marching Band and taught both the Percussion Skills course and applied lessons while serving as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also worked extensively with Windsor High School and Lafayette High School.
Conner has earned degrees in percussion performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.M.), where he studied with Dr. Dave Hall, and Truman State University (B.A. & B.M.), where he studied with Dr. Michael Bump.