As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and has performed with Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, Dinosaur Annex, Lorelei Ensemble, A Far Cry and Monadnock Music. He regularly performs and records with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and plays in the pit for Boston’s Odyssey Opera. He also freelances with other orchestras throughout New England including the Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Opera Boston, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
In addition to his work in contemporary music, he is the timpanist for the Marsh Chapel Collegium and Grand Harmonie, an ensemble dedicated to inventive and compelling performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire on historical instruments. In addition to H+H, Hess has performed with Boston Baroque, Aston Magna, Canto Armonico, and Cambridge Concentus.