WINFIELD — Thomas Burritt, professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at the University of Texas-Austin, will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at Southwestern College.

The recital will be at the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building and admission is $10. The concert is a part of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival on June 11-17.

The festival is a seven-day camp held at Southwestern College. Campers study with college faculty while developing general musicianship and music skills in four areas of emphasis — band, choir, orchestra and piano.

For more information about the camp or concert, call Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141 or visit

About Thomas Burritt

Active in the creation and performance of new music for percussion, Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist.

He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar, and was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 and 2009 Zeltsman Marimba Festival.

In April 2004, Burritt performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as a member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later that same year, the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released an album on the Innova label.

Burritt earned a bachelor of music degree in education and performance from Ithaca College School of Music, a master of music degree from Kent State University and a doctorate of musical arts from Northwestern University.

As a percussion soloist, Burritt has been active in performing percussion concertos by Michael Dougherty, Maki Ishii, John Mackey, Steve Mackey, James MacMillan, David Maslanka and Joseph Schwantner.

Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt’s first solo CD recording, “All Times Identical — New American Music for Marimba,” was released in November 2006. His second solo marimba recording, “Groundlines,” is available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Rdio and Spotify.

In August 2015, Burritt released his latest recording via YouTube, featuring a video album of J.S. Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite, performed on the marimba.

In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy-nominated recordings, “Conspirare in Concert” and “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings,” both distributed worldwide on the Harmonia Mundi label.

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma or online around the world.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.