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Gwen Dease
Michigan State University - United States


Gwendolyn Dease is currently the assistant professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Dease is passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians. She regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the US and has been an instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2005.

Dease began her musical career very early, studying piano and violin at the age of two. As a percussionist, Dease has maintained a career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Asia and South America. In 2009, she performed a new duet for Viola and Percussion with violist Kim Kashkashian at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.  Dease is passionate about new music and has participated in consortiums to commission new works from composers such as Alejandro Vinao, Peter Klatzow, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, John Serry, and Roshanne Etezady. Dease is currently principal percussionist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Solisti New York Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Dease was the winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the second World Marimba competition in Okaya, Japan, and the top prize winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ ARTS competition. She was awarded the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Young Musician award from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale Alumni Award.

Dease released her first CD in October of 2007 entitled “Marimba Suites: Gwendolyn Burgett plays her transcriptions of the six Bach Cello Suites.” She is currently anticipating the release of her second CD of all new, commissioned music for the marimba before the end of the year.

Dease has studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe, and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.


Michigan State University