Update and a vow to blog

This blog has been stagnant for too long. I’m just getting in from sharing some food, beverages, and discussion with my friend and colleague, Philip Rice, and he reminded that I have meaningful thoughts, and am doing exciting things. In all honesty, I’ve been apprehensive about the implications of keeping a blog. All of the “What happens once my words are ‘out there’?” and “What if I change my mind in 10 years?” nonsense. Of course I’ll change my mind on interpretations, and maybe in 10 years I’ll be doing something entirely different with my life. Who knows? But does that mean I shouldn’t write about things in the here and now? So. Here it is. My vow to the interwebs to write more.

So on that note, here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to the last year.

Last Spring I finished my Master’s degree in Music Performance!Me and Gwen masters

I then spent my summer hanging around Michigan and getting to know this good ‘ole town of Lansing, went to my brother’s wedding (Congrats Tom!), worked in a restaurant to make some extra cash, facilitated many drum circles, didn’t practice as much as I should have, contemplated the extent to which I want musicology to be a part of my life/career, and began planning a trio recital for the fall.

Enter: Fall 2014. I began working at the MSU Writing Center (I love this job), realized the desire to focus more on musicology within myself, and put together a recital that I can confidently say is the best recital I’ve ever given. I asked Philip, and another Michigan composer, Jay C. Batzner to compose percussion trios specifically for the event. I called it “The Making of Lines and Letters: A Percussion Recital.” A friend of mine, Matt Roberts and fellow MSU Percussionist, Alice Pan were gracious enough to play this recital with me. We put together a mini-tour of sorts going to some local schools, an art gallery, and finishing it off at MSU. Here are some highlights from the show:

So that about brings us up to where we are now. It’s January in Michigan, and I’m doing ALL THE THINGS. Next week I get to do some run out performances with the MSU Percussion Studio before our trip to play at the McCormick Marimba Festival down in Tampa, FL…can you say SUNSHINE? It’ll be a great, albeit bust week. We’re recording everything Sunday, then it’s the last week of this set of repertoire before I get to start working on Part II of David Lang’s “The So Called Laws of Nature.” In solo-land, I’m working on Lanky’s “Three Moves for Marimba” and wrapping my mind/speaking around Globokar’s “Toucher,” but more on all that later.

I have a lot of ideas to discuss on here; political influences on “Toucher,” gender and the marimba, heck gender/sexuality/race/why do we keep this silly canon intact?…and MUSIC, culture, commissioning, coffee, learning French, various plot developments in Doctor Who and Buffy, my cat Elliott.Ya know, the real deep, intellectual stuff. Anyway, stay posted for more in the future. Thanks for reading.

PASIC 2013 (Reflection and Thank You)

Well. We did it. We played all the notes and made it back to East Lansing. The experience of performing with the MSU Percussion Studio at PASIC last Thursday was one I’m immensely grateful for. The past semester has been quite a journey for everyone involved. As I sit here in a coffee shop, trying to put my life back together and get caught up on all the things I had been putting off for the trip to Indy, I keep playing over in my mind various events throughout the semester, trying to find how everything fit together. There were 8am rehearsals, 10pm rehearsals, and plenty in-between. There was schlepping. Lots and lots of schlepping. Really though, the thing that surprises me the most is how we all still get along. You’d think after hauling equipment in the cold/rain/snow, intense and lengthy rehearsals, and everything else associated with playing percussion we’d be pretty tired of seeing each other, but I really do believe that this experience has brought us all closer together. That’s not to say it was sunshine and rainbows every minute of every day, but personally I’m looking back on the whole experience and seeing much more positive than not. Thank you to the MSU Percussion Studio, my professors (past and present), those who attended our concert, and everyone who has supported myself and the studio and I’m very lucky to be a part of.

We were even lucky enough to make the PASIC 2013 Highlight video for Thursday!

PASIC 2013 Thursday Highlights – Peterson-Naranjo-MSU

..and a few photos from the journey..

PASIC 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve put anything on here. The main reason being that next week I will be performing with the MSU Percussion Studio on a showcase concert at this year’s PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Conference) in Indianapolis. I am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity for our studio here at MSU. I am playing on Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree. Getting to know this piece has been ever so enlightening. Due to all of the intense preparation for this concert (on top of all the usual things going on) this has been one of the busiest semesters of my academic career. I found out over the summer that we were going to have this opportunity and the time between then and now, being less than a week away from “the show,” seems somewhat like a blur. Funny the way time passes. Anyway, our concert is next Thursday, 11/14 at 10am. I can’t wait! It’s been quite a journey these past few months. It’s been great.


MSU College of Music Percussion

MSU Community Music School

msu cms 3Good news! I’ve officially been offered a position at the MSU CMS. I’ve picked up my keys and everything! The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS), is an outreach arm of the MSU College of Music.  The MSU CMS offers opportunities for the study, appreciation, and therapeutic use of music to individuals regardless of age or ability. This such a great opportunity and I’m very excited to be joining this organization. I’ll be teaching percussion at the East Lansing location. I was able to view the facilities the other day, and it’s really excellent seeing what they’ve done with the space. So if you know of anyone in the Greater Lansing Community looking to take some percussion lessons, send them my way!



NewMusicBox » Your 2013-14 Attitude Guide: Four to Cop, Four to Drop for an Amazing Season

As the fall semester is quickly approaching (or already has) for many of us, here are some words of wisdom just posted on a blog I regularly follow. Here’s to a good school year!..or performance season!..or life!

NewMusicBox » Your 2013-14 Attitude Guide: Four to Cop, Four to Drop for an Amazing Season.

SōSI: Week One

A few months ago I posted on here about my acceptance to this great summer opportunity, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. It’s a two week event, and I’m right in the middle of it all and it’s been a fantastic experience thus far. Tonight I have the privilege to premier a piece by Michelle Nagai with Kelsey Tamayo. This evening’s program is entirely focused on composers at or affiliated with Princeton University. It looks to be a good show. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on over the past week. Working so closely with composers is not something we get to do all that often. And now here we are, getting hours with composers in the room!

Being in this environment is really quite surreal. It’s great.

More on that to come. Right now it’s show time.

See ya on the other side.



Tia marimbaa

I’m Tia Harvey, a percussionist currently residing in Michigan. I am a graduate student at Michigan State University and free-lance musician in the South East region of the state.

The landing page for this site is a blog. Here, I post information about various performances I have coming up, groups I’m involved in, and sometimes simply to display some of the exciting things going on in the field. Please take a look around and feel free to leave comments. Thanks for visiting!


Duo Recital at MSU

Well my first recital as a grad student at MSU has officially passed. I had a chamber recital as a member of a2 percussion this past weekend. The concert was a success as our first event and I look forward to all the work I will be able to do with Kelsey Tamayo in the future. Working up a recital with another individual was quite an experience and one that I think I will continue to learn from in the coming weeks as Kelsey and I plan what lies ahead for us. There will be more coming on that soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures from our recital!

NewMusicBox » The Power List: Why Women Aren’t Equals In New Music Leadership and Innovation

I try not to post things like this too often, but this article resonated with me too much to ignore. I find myself encountering the issue of how to function as a young woman in the new music world. It’s a quick read and not intended for one gender exclusively! Take a look.

NewMusicBox » The Power List: Why Women Aren’t Equals In New Music Leadership and Innovation.