John Kilkenny enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes work as a performer, conductor, educator and arts administrator. Currently, he is director of percussion studies and conductor of the Symphonic Winds at Mason. He also coordinates and oversees recruitment efforts and initiatives for the School of Music and is the artistic director of the Mason Percussion Group. As a performer, Kilkenny has been hailed by The Washington Post as a “particularly fine timpanist” and enjoys a career that includes orchestral performances with the Washington National Opera and Ballet, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, National Symphony Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society. A champion of contemporary music and an active chamber music performer, he collaborates regularly with Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, The Verge Ensemble, 21st Century Consort, and the National Gallery New Music Ensemble. He has commissioned and premiered numerous works in his career by composers as diverse as Peter Erskine, Don McCullough, and Alejandro Vinao. Michael Daugherty’s UFO percussion concerto, Raise the Roof concerto for timpani, and the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists and wind symphony, are among his recent concerto appearances. Recently, he founded and serves as the director of the George Mason Summer Percussion Academy.