AMY KSANDR 24, born in Des Plaines, Illinois, is currently earning her master’s degree at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Ms. Ksandr studies with Joseph Pereira, principal timpanist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Babor, percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Amy Ksandr is from the Chicago area and earned her bachelor's degree in percussion performance from DePaul University. This is her first summer at the Music Academy of the West.