Greg Gatien

Greg Gatien Saxophone Master Class

Friday, October 18, 2013
10:30 AM | Music Education Room 122
NDSU Challey School of Music Single Reed Festival

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 Challey 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 Challey 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.

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