Ithaca College Faculty Member Elected to Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame
ITHACA, NY — Gordon Stout — composer, professor of percussion at Ithaca College and marimba specialist — will be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in November. He will be joining such luminaries as drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, marimba virtuoso Vida Chenoweth and Leigh Howard Stevens, hailed by “Time” magazine as “the world’s greatest classical marimbist.” Induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes Stout’s contributions to percussion performance, education and scholarship and his betterment of the percussion profession though exemplary acts of service.
“It means a great deal to me to be elected to the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame,” Stout said. “It’s a validation of my work as a teacher, composer, marimbist and percussionist for all these years. My biggest thanks goes to all my former students who have gone out in the world and made many wonderful contributions to the art of percussion. My success is a result of their accomplishments.”
A percussion educator in the Ithaca College School of Music since 1980, Stout is also a composer and recitalist. Many of his works, including “Two Mexican Dances,” have become standard repertoire for marimba players worldwide. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia many times as the featured marimbist. Stout has also served as a member of the juries of numerous world marimba competitions.
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