Marja Kerney

Adjunct Professor of Music, Percussion

Marja Kerney has performed as a percussionist/timpanist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Wichita Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Midland Symphony and Greater Lansing Symphony, and has served as a pit percussionist for musicals including A Chorus Line and Once Upon a Mattress. She was also a member of Marimba Sol de Chiapas, an authentic Mexican marimba quartet based in Kansas City, and is currently adjunct professor of music (percussion) at Stetson University, where she teaches Applied Percussion and Percussion Methods and directs the Percussion Ensemble.

A native of Michigan, Kerney received her bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from Michigan State University, where she was a student of Alison Shaw and David Hall. She received her master of music and doctorate of musical arts degrees in percussion performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied with James Snell. Kerney is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, having held a position as the Midwest representative on the Collegiate Committee, and is currently the secretary for the Florida Chapter of PAS. In addition to her position at Stetson University, she holds teaching positions at Bethune-Cookman University and Seminole State College. She is active as a freelance percussionist and timpanist in Central Florida where she lives with her husband, Trey Harris.


  • D.M.A., performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • M.M., performance, University of Missouri- Kansas City
  • B.M., performance, Michigan State University

Course Topics

  • Applied Percussion
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Percussion Methods

Marja Kerney

Faculty Expert

  • Music
  • Performance
  • Percussion

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