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Charles Settle

Acting Principal Percussion

Charles Settle
The Connie and Merrell Calhoun Chair


Charles Settle joined the percussion section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, and during the 2016-17 season, he is serving as Acting Principal Percussion.

Prior to accepting the position in Atlanta, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, from 2000-2004, and also performed as an extra percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the 2008-2009 season, Settle took a one-year leave of absence from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and joined the New York Philharmonic as a Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist, where he toured and participated in recording projects. While in New York, Charles also performed with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra during their residency at Carnegie Hall of the complete Mahler Symphonies. He also performs as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra in Sun Valley, ID, and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle, Toronto and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

An active educator, Settle has given master classes at the University of Miami (FL), DePaul University in Chicago, Manhattan School of Music, and The Curtis Institute of Music. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University, teaches privately out of his home in Atlanta, is a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony Talent

Development Program and coaches the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He made his debut solo appearance in September 2016 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting, in Avner Dorman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!.

Settle graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Bookspan and Don Liuzzi. He also serves as an Artist and Clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Freer Percussion products, and Pearl Drums.

Charles is married to Jocelyn Rose, who teaches Yoga in the Atlanta area as well is a wonderful singer in the band Mantra Ma, they have two beautiful children, Stella and Art. In their free time they love to chill and enjoy the lives they are extremely fortunate to be living.

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