CSA Biographies

Alexis Lamb - percussion, guitar, electric bass

Alexis Lamb (apprentice 2) is a percussionist and composer with a fascination for the global percussive medium. She is currently earning two degrees in music education and percussion performance at Northern Illinois University. She studies with Dr. Gregory Beyer through Projeto Arcomusical, his long-time study of the Brazilian berimbau and related African musical bows. With Beyer, she has undertaken a multi-year compositional project creating a series of new works for the berimbau, ranging from solos to sextets. Lamb’s research on the history and traditional use of the berimbau in Brazil earned her a first place prize at NIU’s Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day in 2013, along with a scholarship for the achievement.  Other current compositional projects include a percussion quintet, a vibraphone solo and a frame drum trio. Most recently Lamb received a commission for a marimba and harp duet. The work is entitled Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature; it premiered Spring, 2014.

An active leader in her community at Northern Illinois University and beyond, Alexis Lamb is a student delegate for the Percussive Arts Society, Illinois Chapter. At NIU, she is currently president of the Music Society, president of the Percussion Club, and vice president of the National Association for Music Education, collegiate chapter. Lamb is in the Honors College and will graduate in the fall of 2015. Her major teachers include Dr. Gregory Beyer, Mike Mixtacki, Robert Chappell, and Lauren Ryals.