Marja Kerney

Adjunct Professor of Music, Percussion

Marja Kerney, a native of Michigan, earned her BM from the Michigan State University College of Music and MM and DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. An avid chamber music performer, Kerney cofounded the ensemble P4 with Florida colleagues Thad Anderson, Rose Grace and Kristie Born. P4 regularly presents recitals (including a recent tour in the Midwest) comprised mostly of contemporary music commissioned by the group. As a new music collaborator, she has worked with a number of composers, including Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Sydney Hodkinson, Zack Browning, Philip Wharton, Baljinder Sekhon, Thad Anderson, Lee Hartman, Shawn Hundley, Ethan Greene and Chad Rehmann.

In addition to her extensive contemporary chamber experience, Kerney has performed as a percussionist/timpanist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Wichita Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Greater Lansing Symphony, and has served as a pit percussionist for musicals including A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, 9 to 5, and Spamalot. She was also a member of Marimba Sol de Chiapas, an authentic Mexican marimba quartet based in Kansas City. In addition to her responsibilities at Stetson, she holds a teaching position at Bethune-Cookman University. Kerney is a longtime member of the Percussive Arts Society, currently serving on the University Pedagogy Committee and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Florida chapter of PAS, and remains active as a free-lance percussionist and timpanist.


  • 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

  • Popular Music in Unpopular Time: the Soundtrack of American Social Movements (FSEM)
  • Applied Percussion
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Percussion Methods

Marja Kerney

Faculty Expert

  • Music
  • Performance
  • Percussion

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