Julia R. Gaines


Chair, Region 3; Member, Board of Directors
Elected November 2018; term ends November 2021

Julia R. Gaines is currently the Director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri, having joined the faculty in 1996 as the Director of Percussion Studies. She has performed in the percussion sections of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony, and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

As a performer, Professor Gaines has been a soloist throughout the United States and in several countries including Brazil, China, England, and Russia. Her first solo CD, Tiger Dance, was released by Centaur Records in April 2017. Her first pedagogical book, Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 has become widely distributed throughout the United States and abroad as the only beginning four-mallet marimba book of its kind. Level 2 – The Heart of the Chorale was published in January 2018 by Tapspace Publications.

Professor Gaines has been a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for over thirty years. She has been the Vice-President and President of the Missouri Chapter of PAS and hosted the MOPAS Day Of Percussion in 2003 and 2012. She served on the International Board of Directors of PAS, as well as Secretary of the Executive Committee. She was also an Associate Editor for Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of PAS, with the primary responsibility of Review Editor and served in that role until 2014. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Keyboard Percussion section of Percussive Notes.

Professor Gaines holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Posted January 2019