GSU Percussion Ensemble from the studios of Dr. Kellen King and Dr. Stuart Gerber

Tuesday, October 31

7:00 PM

Rialto Center for the Arts

Level Playing Field (2020)

Josh Gottry (b. 1974)

Talisa Harris, Nasir O’Daniel and Zyler Osbourne

Hymns for Percussion Trio (2020)

Carlos Simon (b.1986)

III. Hymns for Lakeland

Shelby Brooks, Jay Cutter and Justin Dozier

Mosaic (1975)

Nicholas Hubble (b. 1951)

Nick Coppola and Elaijah Stachelrodt

Omnes Trio (2019)

Andrea Venet (b. 1983)

Jay Cutter, Dylan Mantione and Thomas Philpot


Musique de Table (1987)

Thierry de Mey (b. 1956)

Shelby Brooks, Will Flinner and Nyla Hardy

Three Drum Quartets

John Luther Adams (b. 1953)

from Coyote Builds North America (1990)

Giving Birth to Thunder

Playing with Fire



Stuart Gerber

Lauded as having “consummate virtuosity” by The New York Times, Stuart Gerber has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Mexico as a soloist an chamber musician. He is associate professor of percussion at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

As an active performer of new works, Dr. Gerber has been involved in a number of world-premiere performances. He gave the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s last solo percussion work Himmels-Tür in Italy, and his percussion trio Mittwoch-Formel at the annual Stockhausen-Courses in Kürten, Germany. He has also given the US and Australian premieres of Stockhausen’s duo version ofNasenflügeltanz for percussion and synthesizer, and the US premiere of his solo percussion work Komet. Dr. Gerber has been the faculty percussionist for the Stockhausen-Courses since 2005 and has recorded a number of pieces for the Stockhausen Complete Edition released by the Stockhausen-Verlag.

In addition to his work with Stockhausen, Stuart Gerber has worked with many other notable composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, Tristan Murail, Frederic Rzewski, George Crumb, Tania Lèon, Michael Colgrass, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and John Luther Adams.

Recent performances include: The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; Now Festival in Tallinn, Estonia; Chihuahua International Music Festival in Mexico; Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, Portugal; South Bank Centre in London; Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, Germany; Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia; Spoleto Festival in Charleston; as well as a performance with Stewart Copeland (the legendary drummer for The Police) at the Savannah Music Festival. Dr. Gerber has extensive recording experience and can be heard on Bridge Records, Capstone Records, Telarc, Code Blue Records, Mode Records, Wesleyan University Press, Albany Records and Vienna Modern Masters.

As pedagogue Dr. Gerber has recently presented a lecture-recital at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) as well as papers at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He has given numerous masterclasses at conservatories and universities around the US and abroad. Recent masterclasses include: Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Texas-Austin, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Montreal, Southbank Centre (London), and the Sydney Conservatory and the Victoria College of Arts in Australia.

Dr. Gerber is a founding member of the Atlanta-based new music group Bent Frequency, performs internationally as one half of the piano-percussion duo Ensemble Sirius, and is regularly heard as extra percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Stuart Gerber received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Michael Rosen and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His teachers at CCM were Allen Otte, Russell Burge, and James Culley of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He has also done advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, with professor Andreas Boettger.

Dr. kellen king

Dr. Kellen King is currently an Artist Affiliate at Georgia State University where he instructs the percussion studio with Dr. Stuart Gerber and Dr. Jeremy Muller. Prior to his appointment at GSU, he was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University. Kellen has most recently been published in the August 2022 Edition of Percussive Notes and has presented at OMEA in 2021 and 2022 in addition to performing at PASIC, TMEA, and MMC. He is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Music Technology Committee and has previously served as the Oregon PAS Chapter Secretary. Kellen is an avid educator, researcher, and well-versed performer in classical and contemporary percussion, having spent most of career focusing on solo, chamber, and electroacoustic music. As an educator, Kellen has previously instructed at Western Oregon University, Mercer University, The University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Cornell University.

Kellen has taught and arranged music at an array of music organizations across the United States; teaching elite competitive marching band, applied lessons, steel pan ensembles, jazz ensembles, masterclasses, and chamber music. During his education, Kellen studied with Dr. Thomas Burritt, Gordon Stout, Judy Moonert, Tony Edwards, Conrad Alexander, and Greg Evans.

Kellen earned his degrees from Western Michigan University (B.M. Music Education and Music Performance), Ithaca College (M.M. Percussion Performance), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Percussion Performance).

Kellen is an artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads.

GSU percussion ensemble

Shelby Brooks

Nick Coppola

Jay Cutter

Justin Dozier

Will Flinner

Nyla Hardy

Talisa Harris

Nasir O’Daniel

Zyler Osbourne

Dylan Mantione

Thomas Philpot

Elaijah Stachelrodt