Modern Notebook: Interview with Robert McCormick

Modern Notebook Interview: percussionist and educator Robert McCormick

Original air date: July 19, 2020

Robert McCormick joins Tyler Kline on Modern Notebook to talk about his career and newest CD with Strings & Hammers. Bob, as many know him by, recently retired as a Professor of Music in percussion at the University of South Florida after 45 years of teaching.

He also served as principal percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons; he is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and has performed and recorded with high profile artists across all genres; and he holds numerous teaching and performance awards, including the 2006 Florida Music Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement in Education Award.

His McCormick Percussion Group has just released a CD in collaboration with the group Strings & Hammers (pianist Eunmi Ko; violinist Sini Virtanin; double bassist Julia Keller), consisting of all new works co-commissioned by Bob and the group.

Listen to Tyler’s conversation with Bob below.


McCormick Percussion Group – Strings & Hammers is available now on the Ravello Records label. Click here for more information.

Anthony R. Green’s Piano Concerto: Solution (with pianist Eunmi Ko and McCormick Percussion Group).

Eduardo Costa Roldán’s Pulsar (with Strings & Hammers and McCormick Percussion Group).

Stuart Sanders Smith’s Mercy (performed by the McCormick Percussion Group)