Percussion Faculty

Dr. Nicholas Papador playing marimba in concert

Nicholas Papador

Associate Professor, Percussion
Director, University Wind and Percussion Ensembles

Office in the Armouries: AM 221
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2786

Dr. Nicholas Papador is an associate professor of music at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he coordinates the Percussion Studio and directs the University of Windsor Percussion Ensemble. His courses include Percussion Techniques, Music Theory, Musics Cultures of the World, and History of Jazz.

Dr. Papador is an active performer and composer as well as founding member of several new music and multimedia ensembles, including Marassa Duo and Noiseborder Ensemble. Papador has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Austria, Hungary, and Sweden. He has performed/presented at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and is a two time invited performer to the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has received several prestigious grants and awards from agencies such as the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canada Foundation for Innovation. He can be heard on CBC Radio, Ludwig/Elf, and RIAX labels. His second concert percussion recording with Marassa Duo, which is supported by an OAC grant, is forthcoming. His compositions appear with Alfred Publications, Studio 4 Music, House Panther Press, and Bachovich Music. Papador is an artist endorser for Vic Firth, Sabian, and Yamaha. He has presented at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and is the president of the PAS Ontario Chapter.

Papador completed his doctoral degree from Northwestern University and his master’s degree at the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music where his efforts also earned him the university’s coveted Performer’s Certificate. He holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Oregon. His principal teachers have included Michael Burritt, Gerald Carlyss, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez, Charles Dowd and Paul Wertico.