Robert Funkhouser
Indianapolis, IN

Rob Funkhouser is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who can never quite sit still. He recently received an M.M. from Butler University in Music Composition, and most recently completed confidently, but with an awkward gait for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He has released projects through various labels in three different countries, and has had his music played on the radio in many places, including Australia. His current projects include music for Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park in partnership with Classical Music Indy and a new work for the Indianapolis ensemble Forward Motion.

Currently residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, Funkhouser divides his time between composing, performing, and curating shows at various venues around the city. His performances vary widely, but often take the form of solo percussion or ambient electronics. He also collaborates with a wide variety of performers and artists. Most recently he has worked with Corey Denham, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and Eschaton New Music Ensemble. His principal teachers include Dr. Michael Schelle, Dr. James Aikman, and Dr. Frank Felice.


Rafael Cronin – Two kalimbas which featured Cronin’s paint work were built for his gallery showing in Spring of 2010, Cerebral Machinations was composed and released especially for this event.

Evelyn Davis – This relationship began with a performance in Sword of Exactly at the Stone in NYC. Further work included more performances on drum set with this group through the summer of 2011 and as a soloist in Davis’s thesis, Concerto for Two Percussionists.

John Flannelly – John and I have done battle twice in Flannely Vs Funkhouser volumes 1,2, and 3. Someday a truce may be called, but don’t keep your hopes up.

Neutrals – My master’s thesis, Surfaces, was written for and premiered by Neutrals in February, 2016.

Chamber Works