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The Gordon B. Peters Percussion Chamber Music Library For Marimba Ensemble Is Now Available.

Biographical Profile Of Gordon Benes Peters

PERFORMANCE

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1959-2001-Principal Percussionist, Associate
Timpanist, soloist

Chicago Grant Park Symphony 1954-58-Principal Percussionist, Assistant Timpanist

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 1954-59-Percussionist, Acting Principal Percussionist 1958-59

Eastman Symphonic Wind Ensemble 1953-58 Percussionist

Marimba Masters - Founder/Director 1954-59 - Soloists with Rochester and Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic Orchestras 1954-1959, Ed Sullivan Show 1958, 11 Arthur Godfrey Radio/TV Shows 1955, Corporate and other performances

Drum Set: Big Band/Combos 1945-70

 

EDUCATION

 

Northwestern University 1949-50
Eastman School of Music - Bachelors Degree 1956, Masters Degree 1962, Performance Certificate 1957
Pierre Monteux Conducting School 1952-63

 

PRINCIPLE TEACHERS

 

Percussion: Harry J. Brabec, Roy Knapp, Otto Kristufek, Jose Bethancourt, Clair Omar Musser, Saul Goodman, Morris Goldenburg, Harry Breuer, William Street
Conducting: Pierre Monteux, Paul White, Herman Genhart

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

TREATISE ON PERCUSSION 1962, revised 1975 as THE DRUMMER: MAN (revised/extended in 2003)

Articles published in the INSTRUMENTALIST, LUDWIG DRUMMER, AND PERCUSSIVE NOTES magazines, and the CONDUCTORS GUILD JOURNAL

 

COMPOSITION

 

THE SWORDS OF MODA-LING 1958 (revised 2003) 2nd most performed U.S. percussion ensemble early 1970s.

 

ARRANGEMENTS


Marimba Ensermble Arrangements for THE MARIMBA MASTERS 1954-59
THE GORDON B. PETERS MARIMBA ENSEMBLE LIBRARY, and THE NEW GORDON PETERS CHAMBER MUSIC LIBRARY FOR MARIMBA ENSEMBLE

 

TEACHING

 

Private Percussion and Conducting Teacher/Clinician (1948-present)

Percussion Professor and Founder/Director Percussion/Marimba Ensemble programs, Northwestern University 1963-68

Music Faculty Geneseo NY State University 1957-58

Music Faculty Rochester Board of Education 1956-57

Founder/Director Percussion/Marimba Ensemble programs, Eastman School of Music 1954-59

 

CONSULTING

 

Musser Marimbas, Inc. 1960s

 

CONDUCTING

 

Bangor, ME Symphony Orchestra, Werner Torkenowsky memorial Concert 1993

Guest Conductor U.S. Air Force band, Washington D.C. 1983

Civic Orchestra of Chicago 1966-87

Elmhurst, IL Symphony Orchestra 1968-73

Phi Mu Alpha Wind Group (Eastman School) 1955-57

Percussion/Marimba Ensemble Eastman 1954-59, Northwestern 1963-68

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Percussive Arts Society - Board of Directors 1964-Present, (First) President 1964-67

Civic Orchestra of Chicago Administratorm 1966-87

Conductors Guild Board of Directors/Treasurer 1974-82

Conducting Workshops Coordinator Civic Orchestra (Georg Solti, Max Rudolf, Franz Allers) 1973-82

Pierre Monteux Conducting School Board of Directors 1965-1995

 

AWARDS

 

Center For Mallet Percussion Research, Kutztown University, Pennsylvania Honors The Marimba Masters 2016

Percussive Arts Society International Hall of Fame 2004

Theodore Thomas Distinguished Service medallion Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2001

Chicago Youth Orchestra Principal Timpani Named Chair - Gordon B. Peters 2000

Roy Knapp Award (VIP/C) Chicago, IL 1996

Who's Who In America 1970-present

Pierrer Monteux Disciple Award 1962

Honorary Member Japan Xylophone Association 1960

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, Northwestern University Iota Chapter 1950