Threshold Music Project - Artistic Directors / Performers

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A goal of the project is to tap into the expressive capabilities of the malletSTATION and highlight its viability within chamber music. As we launch the project with five commissions, we foresee the combination of marimba and malletSTATION has the potential to become an established pairing in the percussion world.

All scores will be made available to other performers (about a year after a premiere performance or video by Paul and Nancy). The Threshold website will be a hub for how to obtain materials, and also technical and musical advice. Threshold Music Project


Paul Fadoul
Co-Artistic Director
Pearl / Adams Artist

Paul’s career as a performer, composer, and teacher has deep roots in both the concert and marching percussion community. Since 2003, he has performed in the duo Lawler + Fadoul with flutist Zara Lawler. Hailed as “a great treat” (Classical WETA, Washington, D.C.), the duo blends classical virtuosity with lively commentary and theatrical flair. In 2013, Lawler + Fadoul released its debut album, Prelude Cocktail, which the music blog, I Care If You Listen called “collaborative artistry at its finest.” Since forming, Lawler + Fadoul have performed together in many of North America’s most prestigious concert series and venues, including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Trinity Wall Street, the Edmonton Recital Society, and McMaster University’s Celebrity Concert Series.

Paul is also a founding member and principal composer/arranger of Dark by Five, the ensemble-in-residence at Canada’s Gros Morne Summer Music Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador. The ensemble expands the boundaries of musical presentation by weaving classical, contemporary, and popular music with theater, poetry, visual art and visual media working with renowned artists such as the celebrated Canadian poet, Don McKay, and guitarist Duane Andrews. A dedicated teacher and educator, Paul has toured with the ensemble Tales & Scales, where he performed 200 shows annually for children and families, including solo performances with the Milwaukee, Buffalo, and Oregon symphonies. He has taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the George Mason University drumline. Paul is currently on faculty at The Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. www.paul


Nancy Zeltsman
Co-Artistic Director
Pearl / Adams Artist

Nancy Zeltsman is a leading marimba performer, teacher, author and recording artist. She has premiered over 125 solo and chamber marimba works, over 80 of which were composed for Marimolin, Nancy's groundbreaking duo with violinist Sharan Leventhal. Many of those works are cornerstones of the literature, including pieces by Gunther Schuller, Steven Mackey, Robert Aldridge, Louis Andriessen, Alejandro Viñao, Paul Lansky, maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, pop legend Paul Simon, and jazz composers/pianists Lyle Mays and Carla Bley. Nancy has presented numerous recitals and master classes across the United States and Europe and in China, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. "The velvety, rich-toned allure of Nancy Zeltsman" (Colin Currie, The Cambridge Companion to Percussion) has influenced a generation of marimbists.

Zeltsman is a Professor of marimba and chamber music at joint institutions Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee College of Music. She has been a regular guest professor at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands since the fall of 2013. Zeltsman Marimba Festival, directed by Nancy from 2001 and 2018, influenced and inspired over 600 young percussion artists, and spawned "Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba" (24 short solos published in two volumes; C.F. Peters Corporation). 

Nancy has recorded three solo marimba compact discs, three CDs with Marimolin, and two CDs with Jack Van Geem including the recent "American Gifts for Marimba Duo" (Bridge Records). Zeltsman worked with Adams Musical Instruments to design the “Nancy Zeltsman Special Edition” marimba. Her line of signature mallets is available from Encore Mallets. Nancy lives in Boston, Massachusetts. More at:

PF photo: Tom Cochrane
NZ photo: Claudia Hansen

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