Dr. Adam Rappel is the operations manager for GTCYS, and in addition to that, he enjoys a versatile free-lance career as a percussionist. As an orchestral percussionist, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has also played percussion for “Aladdin” and “Mean Girls” during their runs in the Twin Cities.
He is also serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where he teaches lessons, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches the percussion methods course to music education majors. Adam received his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, studying with Peter Kogan, Phil Hey, Steve Yeager and Fernando Meza. He is the first percussionist to ever receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and is a Yamaha Concert Percussion artist and clinician.