Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 137 - William Moersch

University of Illinois Percussion Director William Moersch talks about getting the Illinois job and his experiences in the historic studio (02:00), growing up in Ann Arbor (MI) with a brief sojourn near London (27:30), starting his freelancing career in NYC after 2 degrees at the University of Michigan (39:00), the Pirates of Penzance gig and “infamous” percussion book, along with lots of other NYC experiences (47:30), why he eventually left NYC and his various jobs in and around the Northeast (01:13:45), and finishing with the Random Ass Questions (01:29:00).

Finishing with a Rave on the 30 for 30 documentary Seau (01:57:00).


Wiliaml Moersch’s Illinois page

Wiliaml Moersch’s Innovative Percussion page

William Moersch’s Pearl page

Tom Siwe

Paul Price

Ricardo Flores

Charlotte Mattax Moersch

From Me Flows What You Call Time - Toru Takemitsu

Midwest Composers Symposium

Century Mallet Instrument Service

Chris Butler

Michael Bump

Gordon Stout

Concertino for Orchestra - Paul Creston

Contemporary Directions Ensemble

James Salmon

Charles Owen

Keiko Abe

Michael Rosen

Karen Ervin Pershing

“Quintetto” - Teruyuki Noda (excerpt)

George Gaber

Aspen Music Festival

Double Image

Musical Elements

Boulevard Carroll

Kontakte - Karlheinz Stockhausen

Irwin Bazelon

Jonathan Haas

Saul Goodman

Pirates of Penzance

George Hamilton Green

Hary Janos Suite, movement 5 - Zoltan Kodaly

Eric Weissberg


Fred Hinger

Interview With the Vampire trailer

Michael Collins trailer

A Time to Kill trailer

Julie Taymor

Emil Richards

“King of Denmark” - Morton Feldman

Max Newhaus

Blizzard of 1978

James Rosenquist

Tony Williams

Leigh Howard Stevens

“Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” - Richard Rodney Bennett

Marimba Concerto - Libby Larsen

Karen Finley

Robert Van Sice

Merlin - Andrew Thomas

Reflections on the Nature of Water - Jacob Druckman

Michael Colgrass

“Michi” - Keiko Abe

“Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs” - Keiko Abe

“Mirage” - Sueyoshi

“Time for Marimba” - Minoru Miki

“Torse III” - Akira Miyoshi

“Conversation” - Akira Miyoshi

“Variations on Lost Love” - David Maslanka

“Preludes for Marimba” - Raymond Helble

“Night Rhapsody” - John Serry

Concerto for Marimba - Eric Ewazen

Le Bernardin

“Animus II” - Jacob Druckman

“Circles” - Luciano Berio

El Anatsui

El Anatsui interview


Seau trailer