Rod T. Squance, DMA

Sessional Faculty - Percussion, World Music


Dr. Rod T. Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting rising musicians. Rod is very active as a soloist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. His collaborations with renowned international figures are numerous. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, Paquito de Rivera, Yu Hongmei, Dong-Won Kim, Sandeep Das, and Russell Hartenberger and William Cahn of Nexus. He appears in solo recitals regularly, including recitals for national CBC radio broadcasts.

Rod holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami, having received his formal training as a classical percussionist. He has also performed jazz vibraphone in clubs and on the concert stage. He is an experienced performer and scholar of Balinese gender wayang music and has studied many different non-Western musics including Hindustani raga, Afro-Cuban percussion, Chinese music and Brazilian music.

Rod plays with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of Project Copernicus, a chamber ensemble based in Miami. He currently teaches Ethnomusicology and Percussion at the University of Calgary where he is director of the World Music Ensemble, has served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts and has a successful private studio.

Rod has studied percussion with Ney Rosauro and Glenn Price, Balinese gender wayang with Brita Heimarck, marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens and She-e Wu, and with Canadian pedagogue and violinist, Thomas Rolston.