McMurry to Host Marimba Madness

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, March 27, 2017 1:34 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University is hosting the seventh annual Marimba Madness concert featuring guest artist Susan Powell. The concert, which also features regional high school, college and professional percussionists, is Friday, March 31 at 7:30 in the Bynum Band Hall. Seating will be limited so come early. In addition, Powell will be teaching a clinic at 5 p.m. on Friday.

The concert has become a great tradition that allows players to perform for an avid audience with a love for the marimba. Students from Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Wylie High School, and San Angelo Central High School will be performing in addition to percussion students and professors from the three universities.

An internationally-recognized percussionist and composer, Powell is currently professor and Director of Percussion Studies at the Ohio State University. She has performed as a solo and chamber musician in Mexico, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, England and Japan, in addition to numerous appearances across the U.S. 
   Powell specializes in the areas of multiple and keyboard percussion, and is considered one of the foremost ragtime xylophone soloists of her generation. She has presented sessions at the Percussive Arts Society Conventions, Ohio Music Educator Association conferences as well as the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and has performed with such ensembles as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia, and the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

In 2006 Powell was named one of ten recipients university-wide of the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, and has also been honored as the 2003 School of Music Distinguished Teacher. Since her hire at OSU, Powell has led the percussion program to national recognition, with the Percussion Ensemble being named a winner in the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition in both 2005 and 2008. She currently serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society Percussion Ensemble Committee and has appeared at numerous past conventions as performer, clinician, panelist and competition judge. Additionally, she hosted the 2002 PASIC convention in Columbus.

For more information, please contact Juan Mendoza at 325-793-3836.


Press Contact

Gary Ellison