Kent State to Honor the Memory of Ted Rounds, Director of Percussion Studies
Kent State University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will hold a memorial concert in honor of Ted Rounds on Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert will feature performances by Kent State faculty, as well as current and former Kent State students. Featured faculty include Donna Lee and Jerry Wong, piano; Keith Robinson, cello; Michael Chunn, trumpet; Cory Doran, percussion; Chris Venesile, Nova Jazz Singers; and Janine Tiffe, African Ensemble. Works include pieces by Chopin, Bach, Mendlessohn, Chaplin, Altenburg, Morag and more.
Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will go toward the Ted Rounds Percussion Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or by phone at 330-672-2172. Any student with a college ID or anyone under 18 may purchase a ticket for $25 at the door.
Theodore P. (“Ted”) Rounds, director of Percussion Studies at Kent State, passed away on Aug. 24 at the age of 60. After a brief bout with cancer, he died peacefully at home in Ravenna, while listening to his wife's beautiful singing.
Born into a family of musicians, Rounds was a Music Educator's National Conference national winner in high school, graduated summa cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in Percussion Performance, and received a graduate degree from Ithaca College. He was appointed to the faculty at Kent State in 1995. Considered one of the most talented percussionists of his generation, Rounds was a member of the Eastman Marimba Ensemble in a landmark recording that is the standard to this day.
With his wife of 36 years, Tyler, vocalist and adjunct faculty member at Kent State, he performed for countless listeners, both locally and internationally, in the Tyler-Rounds Jazz Duo, as well as with other diverse ensembles. In addition to his abilities as a percussionist, conductor and educator, Rounds was very adept in the studio as a recording engineer and technician, and, by his own admission, not so adept at golf.
He is survived by his wife, Tyler (Marjory), of Ravenna, sister Rebecca Fegan of Bellevue, Nebraska, and brother Joseph Rounds of Pittsburgh. Rounds will be remembered as a devoted teacher, admired performer, respected colleague and beloved husband and brother.
Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Free parking is available. Those who are unable to attend the memorial concert but still wish to support the fund can do so here.