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Praised for his “power and finesse” (Boston Classical Review) and “exacting milieus” (Boston Globe), percussionist Jonathan Hess is the principal timpanist for the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Teatro Nuovo (New York City), and Bach Akademie Charlotte. He also performs regularly with some of New England’s premier musical organizations, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, A Far Cry, Celebrity Series, Boston Baroque, Odyssey Opera, Aston Magna, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. A founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and the soprano-percussion duo BeatSong, Jonathan is a keen advocate for new music and an active participant in expanding the percussion repertoire through inventive new commissions and collaborations. In addition to his versatility and command as a performer, Jonathan is also a dedicated and passionate educator, currently teaching percussion at the College of the Holy Cross. Jonathan is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Boston Conservatory.