Gordon Stout (b. 5 October 1952, Wichita, Kan.) is an American educator, composer, arranger and performer.
Gordon is professor emeritus at the School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., where he taught from 1980 through 2019. 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 worldwide. A frequent lecture-recitalist for the Percussive Arts Society, he has appeared at more than a dozen International PAS Conventions to date as featured marimbist, as well as throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Hungary, Bulgaria, Mexico, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Italy, Greece, 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 seven different international marimba competitions. On New Year's 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, Ind. He has also conducted marimba orchestras in Australia, Croatia, and throughout the United States. Most recently he conducted a marimba orchestra of 75 persons on 120 marimbas at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in November of 2015.
Prof. Stout was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in November of 2012.
Works for Winds
- Desperate Attitudes (1999)
- Diptych No. 2 (1983)
- Dream-Awakening and Dance
- Duo Concertante
- Endless Mountains Wooden
- Four Episodes, Volume 3
- Four Faces
- New York Triptych (Marimba Orchestra)
- New York Triptych (Marimba Quartet) (2011/2012)
- Outgoing (2011/2015)
- Outgoing 2 (2011/2012/2015)
- Prelude - Winter Song
- Route 666
- Something to Do With Grace (2015)
- Three Movements for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (1974)
- Gordon Stout website Accessed 29 July 2020