Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Ensemble Directors

John Corkill, M.M.

Title/s:  Instructor of Percussion, Director of Percussion Ensemble

Office #:  Mundelein 177

Phone: 773.508.7510



John Corkill is currently serving as the Instructor of Percussion Studies at the Merit School of Music and Loyola University Chicago.  John’s musical curiosity is guided by his passion between the primal relationship of sound and gesture.  As a founding member of the Wanmu Percussion Trio, John has mesmerized audiences across the country with a wide variety of theatrical percussion repertoire ranging from stages of Carnegie Hall in New York City to the Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon.  The trio has also held a yearlong residency for young composers at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, as well as provided master classes to high school students throughout New England.

As a chamber musician, John has held residencies at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn Festivals.  He has also garnered awards at the Yale Chamber Music Competition and the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.  Originally trained as an orchestral musician, John is currently a member of the NOVUS Orchestra in New York City and frequently substitutes with orchestras throughout the Chicago area.  He has also had the privilege of working with many of today’s leading orchestral conductors and composers such Marin Alsop, Peter Oundjian, Reinbert de Leeuw, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Oliver Knussen, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

John received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University where he graduated cum laude and Master of Music Degree from the Yale University School of Music.  His teachers include Robert van Sice, Michael Burritt, and James Ross.


Bachelor of Music, Northwestern University

Master of Music, Yale University School of Music