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Dov Schiller

Adjunct Professor, Performing Arts

About Dov

Boston native Dov Michael Schiller began his journey and passion for all things percussive at the age of five after being gifted a hand drum on the streets of Jerusalem in 1977. Now a professional freelance percussionist, drummer, and tympanist, Dov continues to strike things that create a plethora of sounds and rhythms to enhance the overall tapestry of musical color needed for any project at hand. Schiller had the pleasure of attending the New England Conservatory of Music during the hotbed of the 1980s where he studied and worked with a number all the fine jazz, third stream and klezmer luminaries. Being inspired by such incredible performers such as Fred Buda, Rakalam Bob Moses, Stan Strickland, Miroslav Vitous, Gunther Schuller, Dave Holland, Ran Blake, George Russell, Hankus Netsky, Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry, John Medeski, Stephen Drury and Rob Scheps to name just a few. In addition, Dov enjoyed studying with many of the Boston Symphony Orchestra percussion & timpani faculty such as Arthur Press, Frank Epstein and Vic Firth. 

After touring in Europe for ten years with various Broadway Musical Theater tours as both percussionist and set drummer, Dov is now based in the Green Mountains of Vermont but maintains a busy touring schedule with an incredible array of musical projects throughout New England, New York City, and Los Angeles. Schiller has had the pleasure of working with an incredibly diverse group of artists over the years. Sir Michael Tippet, Ben Schwendener, Joel Grey, Wes Wirth, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Adams, Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica, Featuring the music of Juan Esquivel, Liz Swados, Amanda Palmer, Stuttgart Ballet, Shyamdas, Clay Aiken, David Friedman, Rachel Bissex, Carl Roskott and Leonard Bernstein among others.

Freelance Work

Limitless Project (Neo-Soul, Neo-Psychedelia, Jazz/Fusion, R&B, Rock, Improv, Noise) 
SLIDE; The Musical, NYC, Lost Nation Theater, Orchestra of New Hampshire, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Clearlakes Chorale, , 4RHYTHM (Jazz Quartet) Flamboyant Flannel with Ariel Zevon, 
Varied musical genres combine to form a lyrical triage of soul reflecting and mind-shifting songs. Original music created in the deep recesses of Vermont. 
Julie Silver (Singer/Songwriter)
Schiller Duo (Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Improv)

Dov is also a founding member and performer with the Tradewinds Improv Ensemble (TIE)  

Favorite Quote

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” 

 ~ Leonard Bernstein

Courses Taught

  • Private Percussion Instruction
  • NVU Percussion Ensemble