Dr. Von Hansen is a performer, composer, educator and multi-media artist. He is strongly focused on developing new music and specializes in works combining percussion and electronics. Dr. Hansen believes in engaging with people through composition, performance, commissioning new works, creating interactive musical video games, and collaborating with musical and visual artists. As the president of the Kansas Percussive Arts Society and a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Technology Committee, Dr. Hansen is committed to increasing the educational opportunities for percussionists. He has presented concerts and masterclasses at various universities and conferences, including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, The Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance, The Kansas and Oklahoma Days of Percussion, The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy and SEAMUS. Dr. Hansen is a member of the Great Plains Percussion Group and MapMusik, a collective of musical and visual artists presenting works that engage communities around Kansas. He is sponsored by Vic Firth Sticks and Black Swamp Percussion.
B.M.E., Washburn University; M.M. (Composition), M.M. (Percussion), Central Michigan University; D.M.A., The University of Kansas