Janis Potter, one of America's most respected marimba soloists, is best known for her varied repertoire and energetic style. Ms. Potter has more than 375 recitals and master-classes plus 30 concerto performances to her credit. She has performed and lectured at more than 50 major universities in nearly every state the U.S. In addition, she has been presented at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions as well as many state and local PAS events, and has had several articles published in Percussive Notes Magazine.
Ms. Potter has won awards and grants from such prestigious organizations as the Sony Corporation, The Carnegie Foundation, The Myra Hess Foundation and Glamour Magazine. She has also been presented by renowned venues such as the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, The Phillips Collection, The Library of Congress, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Janis served five years with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington DC - having played percussion at the White House, the U.S. Capital, and many other venues including three national concert tours. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the band at the College Band Director's National Association Convention performing Thea Musgrave's "Journey Through a Japanese Landscape" for marimba and wind ensemble, which is now available on a live recording from Marc Records.
Ms. Potter is a proud long-time endorser of Dynasty Drums and Percussion, Bergerault Marimbas, and Innovative Percussion Mallets - for whom she designed a signature "Potter" mallet that has been sold and used throughout the world. She released her first solo CD entitled "Marimba Tracks" in 2000, and her second CD "Variations in Blue" in 2004. She has published several transcriptions and arrangements for marimba and has just released her new Hymn Suite No. 1 for solo marimba, and Balakirev's Islamey for Marimba Soloist with Percussion Ensemble 2016. Her third CD/DVD and several new videos for her Youtube channel will be released between 2016/2017.
Janis received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. She is currently in the dissertation process of her Doctor of Education degree in Training and Developmental Leadership from North Central University. More information can be found at www.janmarimbasoloist.com.