Percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through innovative and creative endeavors. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica.
An advocate of new music, Hills has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for solo percussion. He is the creator of The Percussive Art of Storytelling, a percussion outreach program that brings classical music to underserved communities. For this work, Hills has been the recipient of numerous enabling artists grants, including a Zakoura Family Fund Grant, and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist for the Kansas Arts Commission. The Lost Bicycle, a solo CD of percussive stories will be released in the spring of 2010. As a member of SI2, an interdisciplinary arts duo with Matthew Coley, Hills has been a featured performer at the 2008 convention for the International Society for Improvised Music and the 2009 Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova. In addition, Hills sponsors the annual Con/un/drum Solo Percussion Composition Competition designed to increase repertoire for solo percussion. As an advocate for percussion as a global artistic discipline, Hills has been named artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Wildacres, and a fellow at the OMI international artist’s colony.
Hills is a frequent guest artist and clinician throughout North America and Europe, giving numerous master classes and recitals, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Education Committee. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Choir, and Topeka Symphony, and soloed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Band.
Hills is an artist for Innovative Percussion and Vaughncraft Percussion.
For more information, please visit www.coryhills.com.