tristan toma

OLA Teaching Fellow – Percussion

Tristan Toma is a Percussionist/Timpanist originally from Kailua, Hawaiʻi, and has equally spent his childhood in Kanagawa, Japan. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying under his principal teachers Marc Damoulakis and Paul Yancich. Toma is also a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with esteemed performer and educator, Keith Aleo. He has performed with several ensembles including the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Percussion Ensemble, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble. He has also appeared as a soloist in Viet Cuong’s “Re(new)al” with the Interlochen Wind Symphony.

Toma is a 2024 National Orchestral Institute + Festival fellow, as well as a teaching fellow at the Pacific Music Institute of which he is also an alum. Previous summer festivals include the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, New York University Broadway Percussion Seminar, University of Michigan MPulse Percussion Intensive, Interlochen Arts Camp Percussion Intensive, and an Internship position at the Interlochen Arts Camp Admission office. Toma attributes his passion for music when he started playing taiko drums at the age of three for Sagami Ryuu O Daiko. He is forever grateful to his parents, his first-ever percussion teacher Jordan Schifino, and the Hawaii Youth Symphony organization for their love and support.