Rebecca Kite has been performing as a marimba soloist for twenty years, appearing in concert and in clinics across the United States and in Europe and Japan. Her music may be heard on her two solo marimba recordings, Across Time (1993) and Prism (1996). Kite has received two Master Fellowships as a marimba soloist from the Indiana Arts Commission and was a finalist in the 1986 Pro Musicus Competition.
Recent premieres of solo marimba works include Recurrences by Bruce Hamilton (1999), Jazz Suite for Marimba by Joan Griffith (1998) her own composition For Alice (1998) and Ilijash, by Nebjosha Zivcovic (1996). She has performed in such venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Kennedy Center, Vredenberg Hall in The Netherlands, and Sundin Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as numerous colleges, high schools, art museums and Indiana state parks!
Kite is the author of “”Reading Mallet Percussion Music””, a method book for teaching music reading to young adult drummers. Other publications include “”Which Mallets Should I Use””, Percussive Notes, April 2000, “”Keiko Abe: Her Quest for Marimba Sound”” Percussive Notes, April 1998, “”Tuning Your Marimba Resonators””, Percussive Notes, December 1992, and “”Using Calf Timpani Heads””, Percussive Notes, December 1992.
Kite has been Artist in Residence at the Cultural Foundation for the Arts in Rio Negro Patagonia, Argentina (September 2000), The University of Miami School of Music (Fall semester 1999) and at SUNY Fredonia. She has appeared as both a marimba and timpani clinician and guest artist at numerous high schools and colleges in the United States and Japan, including Toho Conservatory, Interlochen, Indiana University School of Music, Ball State University, The University of Missouri at Kansas City, The University of Chicago and Kansas University.
Kite recently moved to the DC area of Northern Virginia from St. Paul, Minnesota where she lived for nine years and taught at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University. In addition to her activities as a marimba soloist and teacher, she performed as a free-lance timpanist and percussionist with the Minnesota Opera, the Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, and other Twin Cities musical organizations.
Kite attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she received the BM degree in percussion performance. Her graduate work was done at the Indiana University School of Music where she studied with George Gaber and received the MM degree. She did advanced study in timpani with Cloyd Duff and in marimba with Keiko Abe.
Rebecca Kite served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society from 1994 through 1997. She is chair of the Marimba Committee and was co-leader of the WPN/PAS Web site Project for which she was awarded the 1999 PAS Outstanding Service Award. Kite is a member of the Educational Advisory Board of Pro-Mark Corporation and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. (Added 2001.11.22)