Nathan Petitpas is a percussionist, music educator, and composer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He performed with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil, the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Ensemble, FAWN Chamber Creative, Against the Grain Theatre, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. He has also performed in various festivals and concert series including Nuit Blanche Toronto, the International Gamelan Music Festival (Munich, Germany), the Toronto International Film Festival, New Works Edmonton, the Société de Musique Contemporean du Québec, New Music Calgary, Music on Main (Vancouver), Open Spaces in Victoria, The Music Gallery's X Avant Series (Toronto), NUMUS, and twice in the Cape Breton International Drum Festival.
He has been a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective since 2012. Since joining the collective he has had the privilege of touring with them across Canada multiple times, performing in Argentina, recording on their first studio album, and premiering dozens of new works by living composers from Canada and abroad.
Nathan is also a founding member of Duologue, a violin and percussion duo with violinist Suhashini Arulanandam. They are committed to expanding the repertoire for this unusual combination by commissioning new works.
Outside of a Western classical context Nathan performs regularly on drum set with various projects in the Toronto area. Since 2019 he has been performing with the Terry Cade Quartet.
As an educator Nathan teaches private drum set, percussion, and Western music theory lessons from his studio in Toronto, he teaches a variety of music programs through the Regent Park School of Music, and he co-directs the Evergreen Community Gamelan Ensemble. He has taught the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has been a guest percussion coach for the Toronto All City Band, South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and various high-school music programs in Toronto and Nova Scotia.
Nathan is the author of a series of music education books published under the name Dots and Beams. This book series aims to teach sight-reading and Western music theory concepts through flexible, adaptable reading materials that can be re-contextualized for a wide variety of learning goals and ability levels. They are available at as well as through many online retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo, Google Books, and Kindle.
As a composer, Nathan has had his music performed by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Duologue, and the Acadia University and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles.
Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, and Mark Duggan as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University where he studied with Mark Adam. He has received coaching from Steve Schick and Pius Cheung, has undertaken residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Avaloch Farms Music Institute, and has taken part in a performer-composer collaborative summer program as part of the Banff Centre's ARC summer programming.
Nathan is an artist endorser of Dream Cymbals and Gongs and Mannion Mallets.