Teaching Artist, Percussion
Fine Arts Center
Alina Grimm has performed nationally and internationally as a percussionist performer and educator. She served as guest timpanist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in Hubei, China and was the timpanist with the Holland Symphony (MI). She has worked with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Wind Symphony, El Paso Opera, Timberline Symphony, Jackson Symphony, West Michigan Symphony as a substitute percussionist and has worked shows with the El Paso Dinner Theater and Des Moines Community Playhouse. She has also been active as a chamber artist and soloist. She has formed the Red Cedar Percussion Ensemble and the 3-4-3-Duo percussion ensemble.
She has participated in several international festivals, including the Leigh Howard Stevens Seminar and the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, and the College Music Society.
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University in Percussion Performance. She earned her Masters degree from University of Texas at El Paso and her Bachelors from Drake University, both in percussion performance. She was a teaching assistant at both Michigan State University and University of Texas at El Paso, and had a very active teaching studio in both Texas and Michigan. She has studied with Gwendolyn Burgett, Jon Weber, Randy Gillespie, James White, and Robert Meunier.