Gwendolyn Burgett is associate professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. She has maintained a career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, giving recitals in the U.S., Asia, and South America. An advocate for new music, she has participated in groups to commission new works from composers such as Alejandro Vinao, Peter Klatzow, Paul Lansky, and Martin Bresnick. The winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the second World Marimba Competition in Okaya, Japan, Ms. Burgett was also the top prize winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ ARTS competition. She has studied with Robert Van Sice, Keiko Abe, and John Beck and holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and Yale School of Music. She regularly gives master classes throughout the U.S.