Greg Gatien, saxophone
Greg Gatien was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he began playing saxophone in the Halifax City Schools music program. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies from Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Greg then moved to Boston in the early 1990s to study saxophone and improvisation with Jerry Bergonzi.
Following the completion of his Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, Greg moved back to Boston where he began teaching at the New England Conservatory in both the Music Education Department and in the Jazz Studies Department. His interest in further exploring ideas of jazz pedagogy led to work with the New England Conservatory’s Research Center for Learning Through Music, where he collaborated with Larry Scripp, Warren Senders, Lyle Davidson, Jean Bamberger, Martin Gardiner, and Paul Burdick. After having been on faculty for little over a year, Greg began his DMA in Jazz Studies. During this time, Greg studied with Allan Chase and Bob Brookmeyer.
Greg moved to Brandon University where he accepted a position on faculty at the School of Music that has involved the development of a jazz studies program. Since returning to Canada, Greg has been active as a teacher, performer and clincian. He has been the lead alto saxophonist with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for the past six years, and has appeared frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Greg has recorded for CBC on many occasions, performed at several jazz festivals throughout Canada, and was recently part of jazz composer/ trumpeter Dean McNeill’s Western-Canadian all-star recording project Prairie Fire, released on Cellar Live, also featuring Mike Downes, Ted Warren, Brian O’Kane, Hugh Fraser, Cambell Ryga, Kelly Jefferson, and John McLeod. Greg has been a member of the Red Lodge Music Festival for the past four years, where he collaborates with jazz pianist John Harmon, and is the director of the International Music Camp’s Jazz camp. He has been an adjudicator at educational music festivals throughout Western Canada, and is a Yamaha artist.
Daniel Gilbert joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Clarinet in 2007. Previously, he held the position of Second Clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007. Mr. Gilbert teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and he also served as the Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 2000 to 2001. A native of New York City, Mr. Gilbert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and both a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Certificate from The Juilliard School. Before joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Gilbert was active as a freelancer in New York City, appearing regularly with groups including: The Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, New Jersey Symphony, Solisti New York, the Stamford Symphony and the New Haven Symphony, where he played principal clarinet from 1992 to 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Heights Chamber Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti New York and the Aspen Mozart Orchestra. He is an active chamber musician, playing regularly on the Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Series, the Cleveland Museum of Art Chamber Series and the Oberlin Chamber Music series. Mr. Gilbert’s master classes and recitals have received critical acclaim throughout the world. His teachers have included David Weber, Robert Marcellus, Stanley Hasty, Richard Waller, Burt Hara and Judith Kalin-Freeman.
Pianist Donna Lee made her solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Donna has performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the US, with recent concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing, China and Puerto Rico.
Critics have described Donna Lee’s performances as elegant and refined (Il Fronimo, Italy), engaging (WCLV-Cleveland) and brilliant (Iwate Daily News, Japan). As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at festivals such as Ameri-China International Music Foundation in China, Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Festival, Kent Blossom Music, Maui Classical Music, and Music-on-the-Hill. She made her solo recording debut on the Azica label, with a program entitled Scenes from Childhood.
Donna Lee earned her doctorate from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, her Masters from The Juilliard School, and her bachelor of music degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with prominent artist-teachers Julian Martin, the late Rudolf Firkusny, and Thomas Schumacher, respectively. A highly sought-after teacher and clinician, she has had numerous prize-winning students. She has taught at Peabody Conservatory, Bucknell University, and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Presently, Donna Lee is on the faculty at Kent State University; during the summers, she is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and artist-faculty at Kent Blossom Chamber Music in Ohio and Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Donna Lee is a Steinway Artist.