BIO
Preston Beebe is a Composer and Percussionist from Sarasota, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, Percussion Performance, and Electronic Music. Preston is currently attending McGill University, Schulich School of Music for Graduate studies in Music Composition. At McGill, he has worked as a studio assistant for the Digital Composition Studio. Preston has studied Composition with Philippe Leroux, Michael Timpson, Paul Reller, and Chihchun Chi-sun Lee; percussion with Robert McCormick and Steve Davis. Along with Ian Hattwick and Zachary Hale, Preston is the recipient of the 2012-2013 CIRMMT grant: Director’s Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize, which we will use to develop a new digital instrument and compose pieces for future performance. In April of 2011, Preston released an album of his acousmatic music entitled, Glisten. Preston has received awards in electronic music from the University of South Florida and McGill University. For the 2012-2013 year, Preston is composer in residence with the FACE Wind Ensemble.
As a percussionist, Preston can be heard performing with the McCormick Percussion Group on the albums, Music For Keyboard Percussions and Concerti For Strings With Percussion Orchestra, distributed through Naxos. In September 2012, with his percussion duo, 4eyes, he released the album entitled mountain.