Everett Beale

Everett Beale

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Mr. Beale was timpanist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for 43 years from 1961 until his retirement in 2003. During that time, he performed for three generations of “Pops” conductors:  Arthur Fielder, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

Former head of the Percussion Departments of: University of Massachusetts at Lowell; University of New Hampshire at Keene: Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire and faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music Percussion Department.

Everett can be heard on numerous recordings with both the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras on Polydor, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and RCA (now BMG).

Percussion soloist on N.E.T. production “Music of the Twenties” with Aaron Copland as host and conductor, just recently re-released on DVD November 2012.

In 1971 he achieved international renown through appointment by Maestro Arthur Fielder as a member of the World Symphony Orchestra, which was comprised of 145 musical ambassadors from 63 nations, thirty states and District of Columbia, brought together by worldwide heritage of symphonic music.

During his long career in Boston he was fortunate to perform under some of the worlds finest conductors: Charles Munch, Sir John Barbarolli, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sixten Erhling, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Raymond Leppard, as well as performing as Principal Percussion with the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

Everett’s formal training was at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree while under the tutelage of Mr. Everett Firth, Solo Timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Soon after moving to South Carolina after retirement, he was able to continue his teaching schedule (2007) during summers at the Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC.

Commencing in August 2014 Everett was invited by the South Carolina Governors School to assume the year round teaching position of Head, Percussion Department SCGSAH.

Now, today at the Governors School we are all anxiously waiting the construction of our new Music Annex building which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019. The Percussion Department will have its own private wing of the building with easy access to rehearsal halls and loading docks. A dream come true!

Everett is a frequent contributor to the Percussive Arts Society Publications and author of “Arthur Fiedler: A Recollection”.