Title: Musician, Educator
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
Stewart Gordon, Musician and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in keyboard studies and music education.
Sometimes all it takes for success is to have a passion recognized. In Dr. Gordon’s case, he expressed an interest in learning the piano after watching Mary Astor’s character “The Great Lie” play concertos. Expressing this interest, his grandfather bought him his first piano and paid for his beginner lessons. What has ensued is a successful career spanning more than five decades including teaching others in music, and performing and organizing various concerts, festivals, competitions and tours. Early in his career, Dr. Gordon taught as an assistant professor of music at Wilmington College. From 1960 to 1986, he moved through the positions of assistant professor to associate professor and then to a full on professorship with the University of Maryland. From 1986 to 1989, his talents were brought to Queens College to serve as the Vice President for Academy Affairs and Provost. In 1989, he switched coasts and joined the faculty of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles as a professor of keyboard studies, a program which he also chaired from 1996 to 2004.
Dr. Gordon first earned a diploma from the State Conservatory of Music in 1951 and continued his education at the University of Kansas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1954 and a Master of Arts in 1955. At the same time, he served as a Lieutenant with the Junior Grade US Navy from 1954 to 1957. He later continued his musical education at the Eastman School of Music, receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts in 1965. In his career, he has performed as such international and national competitions as the William Kapell International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Savannah on Stage Festival and American Traditions Competition. In his career, Dr. Gordon has received such awards as the Ramo Music Faculty Award from the University of Southern California, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Music Teachers Association, the Danforth Teacher Study Grant from the Danforth Foundation and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Lifetime Achievement Award, among many Dean’s Professional Achievement Awards and the Dean’s Award for Service to Music.
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