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Albert Payson

BM University of Illinois 

Courses Taught
Applied Percussion
Special Topics
Percussion Pedagogy

Albert Payson retired from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1997 after having been a percussionist since 1958. He received his BA in Music from the University of Illinois in 1956. After graduation, he played for one season with the Louisville Orchestra and one season with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra before being invited to join the CSO by then-Music Director Fritz Reiner.

Always interested in music education, Mr. Payson has taught at the college level for 25 years. He has authored several percussion textbooks, and is a clinician for Ludwig Industries. In addition, he has been responsible for many innovations in the field of percussion instruments. These include the Roto-toms, which, manufactured by Remo, Inc., are used worldwide in all areas of music and the use of tubular aluminum shafts for timpani mallets. In 2001 Mr. Payson was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. 

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