Ms. Deborah Loach

Instructor, Music Department


Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, percussionist Deborah Loach enjoys performing both as a soloist and an ensemble player.

As an orchestral musician, Deborah played tuned gongs for the Nashville Symphony’s October 2019 recording project of the piece “My Father Knew Charles Ives”, by John Adams. She also played percussion with the Nashville Symphony at Carnegie Hall for the Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival.

Deborah is section percussionist with the Mobile Symphony in Mobile, Alabama. Debi enjoyed playing the Mobile Symphony’s Concert series that featured Renee Fleming as soloist. Deborah also plays percussion with the Huntsville Symphony in Huntsville, Alabama.

As a soloist, Deborah played the timpani solo for Michael Daugherty’s “Raise the Roof” timpani concerto with the University of Alabama in Huntsville Wind Ensemble. She also plays solo percussion works in recitals.

Debi has performed chamber music with the members of the Mobile Symphony percussion section on outreach concerts, to raise awareness for the arts to underserved populations in and around the Mobile, Alabama area.

As head of percussion studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Debi runs the UAH percussion ensemble and steel pan ensemble, as well as teaches the UAH percussion master and undergraduate collegiate students.

Deborah has traveled to Nanjing, China to perform with a Nashville studio orchestra to perform Hollywood film music for Nanjing’s celebration of China’s Lunar Festival.

Deborah is married to Richard Graber. Richard is the Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Nashville Symphony. Debi enjoys watching sports, especially MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, and NFL Football.

Deborah is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.


  • M.M., Cleveland State University
  • B.M., Manhattan School of Music