With a passion for service, Liam Underwood is a percussionist and educator living in Central Florida. Liam currently serves as a member of the Year-round Programs Team at Camp Boggy Creek, a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, with the mission of fostering a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe, and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. More specifically, Liam oversees the camp’s young adult programs for campers aged 16-18, including a leadership training program focused on servant leadership and active citizenship and a transition program that teaches essential life skills as these young adults take the next steps into adulthood. Prior to this appointment, Liam was a Teaching Artist with both the Miami Music Project and Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory for the Arts in Miami, FL.
Additionally, Liam is a member of the 2018/2019 cohort for the Global Leaders Program. Made up of individuals representing over 20 countries, the Global Leaders Program empowers a rising generation of change-makers in music to transform lives and communities through an innovative nine-month Executive Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Cultural Agency, Teaching Artistry, Civic Leadership, and Organizational Management.
As a performer, Liam has been fortunate to play throughout the United States and Europe in settings including solo recitals, mixed chamber ensembles, and orchestras, along with being the first percussionist to win Vanderbilt University’s Concerto Competition in 2015. An advocate for new music, Liam has worked with some of today’s leading composers including Augusta Read Thomas and Andy Akiho. Liam’s primary mentors have been Svet Stoyanov, Ji Hye Jung, William Wiggins, Matthew Strauss, and Johan Bridger. He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Miami and completed additional studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.