Von Hansen is an active performer, composer and educator of percussion music. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Hansen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Washburn University, a double Master’s in Music Composition and Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion from the University of Kansas. He is currently the Adjunct professor of Percussion at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, the vice president of the Kansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and is an in demand clinician and private instructor.
Von has performed throughout the United States, including in Carnegie Hall with The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, The Society of Composers, Inc. Regional Conference and with the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance. He specializes in works combining percussion and electronics, performing his own compositions, premiering several works by other composers and presenting paper presentations, clinics and masterclasses on the subject. Von is a founding member of Ad Astra Percussion Quartet and has performed with The Topeka Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra and various orchestral and jazz ensembles.
As a composer, Dr. Hansen was named the winner of the 2009 Central Michigan Orchestral Composition Contest, and his works have been selected for performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States’ National Convention, The Society of Composers, Inc. Regional Conference and Electronic Music Midwest. He has earned commissions from The Washburn Percussion Collective, Skiatook High School Percussion Ensemble, and percussionist John Brown. His compositions have been performed by artists such as Dr. Andrew Spencer, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, and the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance.