Gary Gardner

Gary Gardner

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                                                                GARY D. GARDNER, Music Director                                                        Listed in Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America · Listed as “Conductor” and “Music Professor” in Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America and several other similar publications, Gary D. Gardner’s career as a musical artist has taken him along many avenues in the field of music. Beginning his profession as Principal Hornist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Noroeste de Guadalajara, MEXICO, Mr. Gardner was asked to serve as Assistant Director for the entire brass section in rehearsals of compositions with imposing brass scores. Throughout his performing career he has worked under the direction of such eminent masters as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, and film-composer, Henry Mancini. In addition, he has provided symphony orchestra accompaniments for numerous luminary artists including Stephen Hough, Leonard Pennario, Nigel Kennedy, Misha Maisky, Marian Anderson, Roberta Peters, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Doc Severinsen, to name just a very few. While serving as Principal Hornist of the SINGAPORE Symphony Orchestra, he also worked as an assistant director of the Singapore Youth Orchestra. Maestro Gardner was highly honored to have the unique opportunity to direct the Canadian Brass when they joined the SYO brass in a performance at a special workshop.                                            Prize-Winner of the Rome Festival Orchestra Concerto Competition · Selected as a Prize-Winner of the Rome, ITALY, Festival Orchestra Concerto Competition, Gary D. Gardner has been featured as a soloist with orchestras on four continents. In 1980, the famed horn mentor, Philip Farkas, invited Mr. Gardner to direct ensembles at the Twelfth International Horn Workshop held at Indiana University. During his tenure at Delta State University, Gardner initiated the DSU Horn Ensemble under his direction and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for his academic achievements. Professor Gardner has also served on the faculties of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois; Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan; Sessione Senese per la Musica e l’Arte in Siena, ITALY; and Festival Inverno de Campos do Jordão, in BRAZIL.                    Awarded two Fulbright Lecture Grants to direct developing professional symphony orchestras · At the initiation of the newly formed Rishon Le-Zion Symphony Orchestra in ISRAEL, Mr. Gardner was invited to assist as a director with the special commission of coaching the wind, brass, and percussion. Subsequently he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Lecture Grant from the U.S. government to direct the development of the National Symphony Orchestra of HONDURAS. Recognizing his outstanding accomplishments as a patient and disciplined director of emerging professional and youth orchestras, Maestro Gardner received a second Fulbright Lecture grant to serve as Musical Advisor and Director Titular of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barranquilla, COLOMBIA.                                             Chosen as Intern Director of the Summit Choral Society · In addition, Gary D. Gardner was sponsored by Chorus America as a choral conducting intern with the Summit Choral Society in Akron, Ohio. Establishing his permanent home in the Michiana area of southwestern Michigan, Gardner has recently offered his extensive musical training and expertise toward serving as the Music Director of several churches and as Music Director of the Michiana Male Chorus in South Bend, Indiana, a long-established male chorus dating back to the era of company sponsored choruses.                                                            Available as Music Director or Advisor Gary D. Gardner is internationally available as a Guest Director or Musical Advisor. Extended residencies may be arranged on request. Contact him directly:                                                                     Mr. Gary D. Gardner                                                                     2831 Beebe Rd.                                                                     Niles MI 49120-9436                                                                                                                                                           U.S.A.                                                                                                                                         Telephone/Fax: 269/684-5729                                                                     (Please leave message c/o Sim Suzuki Music School.)                                                                     Email: garydgardner@hotmail.com                                                                                                   Performances can be seen at:                                                                                                                                        www.youtube.com/GDGardner
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