Stuart Marrs

Stuart Marrs's Biography

As soloist, clinician, orchestral timpanist-percussionist, conductor and teacher, Dr. Marrs' professional experience spans nearly 50 years and four continents. His principal orchestral positions include the orchestras of Louisville, Bolivia and Costa Rica, and his freelance experience includes such diverse areas as TV, Ice Capades, jazz, symphonic orchestra, experimental groups, solo recital performances and chamber recital performances. Dr. Marrs has an extensive international profile, having taught and performed in Singapore, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia and Costa Rica.

Dr. Marrs is very proud to have been a founding faculty member of Costa Rica's famed Youth Program (Programa Juvenil) of the National Symphony Orchestra, where he taught from 1972-1982. He also taught at the National University of Costa Rica, Indiana University and since 1985, he has been teaching at the University of Maine (UMaine). In addition to teaching and performing, he has also occupied the positions of Chair of the Music Division and Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at UMaine.

Dr. Marrs received his doctorate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2005, he authored the ground-breaking analytical DVD Stuart Marrs on Elliott Carter: Eight Pieces for Four Timpani – Performance and Analysis which has received international attention.

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