Faculty Profile

Marc Wooldridge


Music and Theatre

Ph.D.; M.A.; M.F.A.

Dr. Marc Wooldridge serves as director of Percussion Activities at Indiana Wesleyan University in addition to teaching courses in music theory and composition. He has performed and presented for a variety of notable organizations such as the Lincoln Center Institute, the Percussion Arts Society, and the Charles Ives Center for New Music. He was a founding member of the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, a group whose artistic excellence was recognized through a prestigious three-year Residency Grant from Chamber Music America.

As a composer, Dr. Wooldridge has written thirteen works for percussion including Diamond Hill, a marimba duo published by Honey Rock. Wooldridge currently serves as President of the Indiana Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is active as a Board Member of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. He also serves a Principal Percussionist with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and Affiliate Artist with Encore Mallets.

  • Percussion: Applied Percussion, Percussion Techniques, Percussion Ensemble, Resounding Pans Steel Drum Ensemble, IWU Drum Line
  • Music Theory: Intro to Music Theory Online (summer), Music Theory II, Music Theory III, Form and Analysis,
  • Marion Philharmonic Orchestra—Principal Percussionist
  • Numerous solo performances including world premiere of marimba concertos by David Gillingham and Russell Peterson.
  • Encore Mallets—Affiliate Artist
  • Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble Founding Member and Director (1981-1991)
  • Composer—16 percussion works including Diamond Hill published by Honey Rock
  • Leigh Howard Stevens Indiana Marimba Seminar—Organizer and Clinician
  • Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble—Organizer and Clinician
  • Percussive Arts Society—President, Indiana Chapter (2009-2014) and Day of Percussion host (2012)
  • Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers—National Conference Coordinator, Board Member, National Conference Host (2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003)
  • Indiana Music Education Association—Advisor Board Member
  • Northwestern College (IA) Associate Professor of Music (1992-2007)                 


  • 30+ grants from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Iowa Arts Council, Heartland Arts Fund, Music Performance Trust Fund, etc.
  • Artist in Residence, Charles Ives Institute for New Music IWU Percussion Ensemble—2nd Place in Percussive Arts Society international competition
Music Theory

State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992

Music Theory

State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990

Percussion Performance

State University of New York at Buffalo, 1983

Percussion Performance

Indiana University, 1981