Faculty & Staff

Greg Messa


Greg Messa

Music

Percussion Ensemble, Applied Percussion

greg.messa@wvm.edu

 

Biography

Gregory Messa is percussionist and native of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and is pleased to be making music in the Bay Area. He performs regularly with many groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey County Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Espressivo Chamber Orchestra, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Broadway By The Bay, and many others. He is also a regular performer at the Woodminster Summer Theater in Oakland, CA, as well as with the Mission Chamber Orchestra in San Jose, CA. Greg has also appeared with orchestras across the country including The Owensboro Symphony (KY), The Urbana Pops Orchestra (IL), The Columbus Symphony (IN), Capital City Symphony (DC), and the Columbia Orchestra (MD). In addition to orchestral percussion, he also was a member and teacher in the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp organization. His teachers include Galen Lemmon, John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Craig Hetrick, and Braham Dembar. Mr. Messa holds various degrees in music, including a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from San Jose State University, as well as a Master's Degree from Indiana University, where Gregory studied at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music. Greg also enjoys performing chamber and solo percussion, and some performances may be found on YouTube

As a passionate music educator, he teaches classes and lessons at West Valley College, including directing the West Valley College Percussion Ensemble. In addition to coaching local high schools, Greg also is a conductor with the San Jose Youth Symphony Organization, working with their young percussionists. Greg also specializes in repairing and tuning orchestral percussion instruments, and enjoys building and maintaining percussion instruments from around the world.

last published: 10/18/18