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gordon stout - marimbist, composer, educator: Bio

GORDON STOUT (b.1952) is currently Professor of Percussion at the School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., where he has taught percussion since 1980. A composer as well as percussionist who specializes on marimba, he has studied composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Warren Benson, and percussion with James Salmon and John Beck.

Many of his compositions for marimba are published, and have already become standard repertoire for marimbists world-wide (www.mostlymarimba.com). A frequent lecture-recitalist for the Percussive Arts Society, he has appeared at twelve International PAS Conventions to date as featured marimbist, as well as throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hungary, Mexico, Denmark, Puerto Rico, and Spain.. In May of 1983 he performed clinics and recitals in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium with "transcendental virtuosity" being described as "the Rubinstein of all aspects of the marimba".

Gordon has been on the Jury of six different international marimba competitions. On new years day in 2006 he conducted a 100 person marimba orchestra in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the Taiwan International Percussion Convention. His composition "New York Triptych" for marimba orchestra, was commissioned by and written for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Percussive Arts Society, premiered at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.  He has also conducted marimba orchestras in Australia and throughout the United States.  Most recently he conducted a marimba orchestra of 75 persons on 120 marimbas at Kutztown University in PA in November of 2015.  

Gordon was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in November of 2012. Gordon Stout is represented by the Percussion Events Registry Company, and owns and plays a marimba manufactured by DeMorrow Instruments (www.demorrowinstruments.com). He is the creator of Young Composers International (YCI - temporarily discontinued here - as of May 2017 - but soon to be migrated to www.youngcomposersinternational.com.), a service dedicated to disseminating new and interesting works for marimba and percussion written by young composers from around the world.