BM University of Illinois
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.
Learn more on the Percussion Studio Page