Then and Now: 30th Anniversary of the NEA Concert featuring William Moersch, Gordon Stout, Ji Hye Jung, Katarzyna Myćka, Michael Burritt & Svet Stoyanov
Percussionist Michael Burritt is in frequent demand performing concert tours and masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. He has been a featured artist at eight PASICs. Furthermore, Burritt has been soloist with such ensembles as the Dallas Wind Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany), Amores Percussion Group (Spain), NEXUS, and Third Coast Percussion. Additionally as a chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rembrandt Players, and Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra. Burritt has three solo as well as numerous chamber recordings to his credit. His latest recording to be released soon features the solo and chamber works of Alejandro Viñao. Active as a composer, Burritt has three concertos and numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion to his credit as well as two books of etudes. He was a member of the PAS Board of Directors from 1996 to 2008, is a contributing editor for the Percussive Notes magazine, and served as Chair of the PAS Keyboard Percussion Committee from 2004 to 2010. Currently, Burritt serves as Professor of Percussion Studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and performer’s certificate.
Gordon Stout is currently Professor of Percussion Studies at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he has taught percussion since 1980. Stout has appeared at twelve PASICs to date as a featured marimbist as well as throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hungary, Mexico, Denmark, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. He was inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame in November of 2012 at PASIC 2012 in Austin, Texas. Stout is represented by the Percussion Events Registry Company and owns and plays a marimba manufactured by DeMorrow Instruments. His compositions for marimba and percussion are published by Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP). Stout is the creator of Young Composers International (YCI – www.gordonstout.net), a service dedicated to disseminating new and interesting works for marimba and percussion written by young composers from around the world.
William Moersch is Professor and Chair of Percussion Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Known as a marimba virtuoso, chamber and symphonic percussionist, recording artist, and educator, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia. A regularly featured artist at international percussion festivals, Moersch has performed on more than seventy recordings and is perhaps best known for commissioning much of the prominent modern repertoire for marimba over the past thirty-six years. In addition, he was the first marimbist ever to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Solo Recitalist Fellowship and has also been honored by NEA Recording and Consortium Commissioning grants. Additionally, he serves as Principal Timpanist of Sinfonia da Camera and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of New Music Marimba.
Ji Hye Jung
Ji Hye Jung is Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Principal Percussionist with the West Coast-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned works by Kevin Puts, Alejandro Viñao, Lukas Ligeti, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Michael Torke, David Bruce, Huang Ruo, and John Serry. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition while completing a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Katarzyna Mycka discovered the marimba to be her “ideal medium for musical expression,” while studying at music academies in Gdansk, Poland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Salzburg, Austria. Mycka has garnered numerous prizes and awards at international music competitions including First Prize and Audience Prize at the 1995 International Percussion Competition Luxembourg for Marimba Solo and First Place at the First World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart in 1996. Following her award-winning performances, Mycka received invitations to present masterclasses and performances in the United States, Asia, and throughout Europe. She has appeared at many marimba festivals including those hosted in Osaka, Japan; Linz, Austria; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, she has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the world including such well-known orchestras as the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Israeli, and Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Mycka, who was honored in 1999 by Poland’s Chapter of PAS as “Ambassadress of Polish Percussion Art,” emphatically promotes the popularization of the marimba. For her, this includes a commitment to training young players through the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA), which she established in 2003.
Svet Stoyanov has performed more than one thousand recitals and has presented over one hundred masterclasses worldwide. Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition, he was also presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. Stoyanov’s career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, and the American Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo performances in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Taiwan National Concert Hall. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, he has commissioned and premiered a significant body of works by composers such as Mason Bates and Andy Akiho. An inspired educator, Stoyanov is the Director and Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Session: Evening Concert
Then and Now: 30th Anniversary of the NEA Concert
Michael Burritt: “Robert Hohnstein composition”
Gordon Stout: “Islands from Archipelago”
William Moersch: “Reflections on the Nature of Water”
Ji Hye Jung: “Velocities”
Katarzyna Mycka: “Postludium”
Svet Stoyanov: “Khan Variations”
Date & Location
Marimba One, Pearl/Adams. Remo, Vic Firth, Zildjian, University of Miami- Frost school of Music