Dr. Patti Cudd is active as a percussion soloist, chamber musician and educator. Patti is a member of the acclaimed new music ensemble, Zeitgeist. As a champion of the music of the 21st century, she has given concerts and master classes throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Patti has worked closely with some of the most innovative composers of our time including Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman, Roger Reynolds, Martin Bresnick, Pauline Oliveros, Jay Aaron Kernis, John Luther Adams, John Zorn, Michael Colgrass, Cort Lippe, Harvey Sollberger, Julia Wolfe, Christian Wolff, Vinko Globokar, and Frederic Rzewski.
She has premiered over 200 new works and has had the opportunity to be involved in a number of recordings found under such labels as Hat Hut, Bridge, New World, CRI, Innova, EMF Media, and Mode. She recently released on Innova Recordings a solo CD of percussion and electronic pieces. Patti is a Yamaha Performing Artist, an endorser of Sabian Cymbals and a member of the Vic Firth, and Black Swamp Education Teams.
Patti holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree specializing in Contemporary Musical Studies from the University of California, San Diego, Master of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and studied in the soloist class with a Fulbright Scholarship at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her teachers have included Steven Schick, Jan Williams, Joe Holmquist, Gert Mortensen, Bent Lylloff, and J. Michael Roy.
She currently teaches percussion and new music studies at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the College of St. Benedict/ St. Johns University.