Theory, Composition, & Electronic Music
Dr. Victor Penniman (cello, guitar, electronic music, banjo, mandolin, piano, viola da gamba, composition) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Historical Performance Institute, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon.
He served as music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, OR, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, The New York State Baroque Orchestra, and countless other individual projects and performances. In his own original musical work, he is a frequent performer on and advocate for the Ruby Gamba, the first production-model fully electric viola da gamba. He has performed and recorded with many artists both locally and internationally. Dr. Penniman taught for ten years at Wells College in Aurora, NY, where he also earned his tenure. He has served as Director of the Music Program in the Communication & Fine Arts department at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and as adjunct faculty in Music History at Ithaca College Conservatory in Ithaca, NY. His teaching repertoire includes most bowed and plucked stringed instruments, Western Music History, American Popular Music History, Electronic Music and Studio Recording, choral and chamber music ensemble direction, and he offers private instruction in cello, guitar, electronic music, viola da gamba, banjo, mandolin, piano, and composition.