Charles Settle joined the percussion section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2004-05 season. Prior to accepting the position in Atlanta, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla., from 2000 until 2004. During this time, he also performed as an extra percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the 2008-09 season, Mr. Settle took a one-year leave of absence from the Atlanta Symphony and joined the New York Philharmonic as a percussionist and assistant timpanist, where he toured, participated in recording projects, and performed with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra during their residency at Carnegie Hall. He also performs as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. An active educator, Mr. Settle has given master classes at the University of Miami (Fla.), DePaul University in Chicago, Manhattan School of Music, and The Curtis Institute of Music, as well as at schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area. He also teaches privately out of his home in Atlanta, and is a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program and coaches the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Settle graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Bookspan and Don Liuzzi.