Frank Epstein is a graduate of the University of Southern California, the New England Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Having joined the Boston Symphony in 1968, he is now in his 43rd season as percussionist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the New England Conservatory, where he also founded (in 1968) and directs the NEC Percussion Ensemble and is Chairman, Brass and Percussion Department. As Founder of Collage New Music, and Music Director from its inception in 1972 through 1991, he has overseen the commissioning and performance of over 200 new works written especially for the ensemble as well as the production of seventeen recordings. Frank Epstein has been involved with the Avedis Zildjian Company as a consultant on new product development (including the introduction of the Classic Orchestral Cymbal Selection), and as a clinician, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the country and in Europe. His new book Cymbalisms, a complete guide for the orchestral cymbal player, is now available from Hal Leonard Music Publishers.