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About Joe Beribak

Joe Beribak
Joe Beribak
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Schaumburg, IL
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: DePaul University-Bachelor of Music, The Colburn Conservatory-Artist’s Diploma
Performance Experience: I have performed in a wide variety of settings. My studies focused on orchestral percussion and contemporary chamber music. I have performed in under the batons of some of the world’s most prominent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, David Zinman, James Conlon, Gerard Scharz, and Sir Neville Marriner. In addition to my work with Smoke & Mirrors ensemble, I have per-formed with the celebrated percussion groups Red Fish, Blue Fish and LA Percussion Quartet
Teaching Experience: I began teaching in 2010 during graduate studies at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. The Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) paired with the conservatory to match YOLA students with conservatory students. As part of Smoke & Mirrors Ensemble, I helped develop outreach presentations for grade school and high school students. Upon graduation, I returned to Elgin and grew to love teaching even more. I taught percussion ensemble and coached orchestral percussion with Elgin Youth Symphony.
Teaching Philosophy: I approach teaching any student with the assumption that he or she has an incredible musical voice inside just waiting to be released. This process of discovery unfolds through the discipline of dedicated listening and practice. By crafting quality interpretations of well-composed music, students learn to recognize the universal musical patterns that can serve them in all genres of mu-sic.

Get to know Joe Beribak

Joe Beribak is a percussionist and composer dedicated to bringing people an awareness of the invisible world through the gateway of sound and music. Having lived as a novice at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago, he was part of a community of prayer that chanted the ancient melodies of the Roman rite each day. Having gained clarity about his musical calling, Joe reentered the world with a renewed vigor to give everyone a reason to listen and wonder. His music spans many genres, but it aligns with his desire bring people an experience of genuine humanity.


Joe studied percussion performance at DePaul University in Chicago and The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. His studies focused on contemporary chamber music, especially percussion ensemble repertoire. With the other percussionists at Colburn, he founded The Smoke & Mirrors Ensemble. Together, they recorded 2 albums on Yarlung Records, won the 2013 Beverly Hills competition, were resident artists in Bellingham, WA, and performed with New West Symphony, and The Colburn Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz.


Joe has played drum set in various settings with orchestras and jazz combos. His collaboration with Nate Wiedemann titled High Art Television Commercial can be heard on bandcamp.com with the project YesterdayPostFutureNews. Original compositions and performances can be heard wherever you stream or download your music

Joe Beribak teaches at:
1476 E Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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