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McKenzie Squires

McKenzie Squires

She/They

Biography

McKenzie Squires (they/she) is a percussionist with a passion for world music, research, composition and most importantly performing with fellow musicians. She just graduated with her Masters Degree in Percussion Studies from New York University where she was an adjunct for non-percussion major lessons. She is an experienced educator who teaches with the BK Steppers as well as private lessons online. She a proud member of Pan in Motion steel orchestra, an intern for the Network for Diversity in Concert Percussion and assistant to Emily Motherwell at Colbert Artists Management/OtherArts. In her free time she obsessively practices solo glockenspiel pieces, researches minimalist music, and produces content for Instagram. Occasionally she can be found composing electronic music from sound bites and pre-recorded materials. She is a founding member of folx Percussion- a percussion group dedicated to creating a safe space for femme and non-binary percussionists to be creative and explore new ideas.

​McKenzie can be seen in Harlem playing djembe and gyil, Brooklyn in the Pan yard, in Manhattan with Utopia Unlimited Opera Company, or traveling to nearby states to perform at theaters, coffee shops, and art galleries!

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Education
  • Community Theatre
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Upstate NY

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Maestra Expertise

  • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
  • Classroom Music Teacher

Primary Instruments

  • Drums
  • Electronic/Computer Music
  • Marimba
  • Percussion
  • Percussion (African)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Additional Instruments

  • Electronic/Computer Music
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Ukulele
  • Voice

Software

  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • Musescore

Additional Skills

  • Theatrical Director
  • Arts Administration