Along with his duties as adjunct percussion instructor and director of the Kenyon Percussion Ensemble, Cary Dachtyl maintains a private studio in Columbus. In 2014 Cary took over as owner and editor of Per­Mus Publications, a sheet music publishing company specializing in music for percussion. He also owns and operates Pterodactyl Productions, a recording studio in Columbus specializing in acoustic percussion and analog keyboards.

Dachtyl performs in the Columbus area with his wife Hammond B3 artist as a drum set performer and vibraphonist. He also plays drum set with Al Smyth and the FBnCC, Johnny Mack and the Heavyweights, and eSkip, a new Art Rock Project. He also performs as both a contemporary and a classical percussionist in several churches throughout Central Ohio.

Dachtyl was the music director and conductor of the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra and has served as principal timpanist with the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra and percussionist with the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. He also performs with the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Light Opera, Pro Musica, Cantari, the Cathedral Brass, Springfield Symphony, Knox County Symphony and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra.

Freelance performances include work with Mannheim Steamroller, Diana Ross, Roger Williams, Crystal Gayle, Richard Adler and as principal orchestral percussionist for the Moody Blues and Yes Symphonic Orchestra as well as performances throughout Italy and the Vatican.

Dachtyl is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society's Ohio Chapter.

Areas of Expertise

All aspects of percussion instruction, conducting, electronic music production and recording.

Courses Recently Taught

The Percussion Ensemble provides an opportunity for students to perform in a variety of musical styles on traditional and contemporary percussion instruments. The ensemble presents a concert every semester. The ensemble is open to all Kenyon students and community members and may require an audition. This is not a yearlong course, and registration is required each semester. Permission of instructor required. No prerequisite.