Shelly Purdy is a contemporary percussionist committed to performing and teaching experimental music.  Shelly is constantly pursuing new solo and ensemble repertoire in partnerships with local composers, dancers, sculptors, and visual artists. She performs with various ensembles including the percussion quartet Umbilicus and the science/music group The Inverse Square Trio. 

Ms. Purdy’s passion for contemporary works has led to a vast array of opportunities, including performances at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, So Percussion’s Summer Institute, IFCP at Mannes, June in Buffalo, Make Music New York, The Live Wire Festival, The High Zero Festival, and The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. 

Purdy received her B.A. in Percussion Performance at UMBC, where she was a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholar Award, and her Masters from the University at Buffalo where she studied with Tom Kolor of the Talujon percussion quartet. Ms. Purdy is currently teaching at Carroll Community College and performing in the Baltimore area.