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Timpani are typically seen in groups of three or four in an orchestra. Also called kettledrums, these instruments look like large, copper bowls with drumheads stretched across the top. You can tune timpani to specific pitches by tightening the drumheads with keys or by using the foot pedals. Musicians who play the timpani must have a very good ear and be able to tune their drums to different pitches quickly.


Erich Rieppel

Principal Timpani, Dimitri Mitropoulos Chair

Jason Arkis

Associate Principal Timpani, Associate Principal Percussion, Opus Chair