WIBC - Dr. Gerry King

Dr. Gerry King

Dr. King is Professor of Music (Conducting/Music Education) at the University of Victoria where he serves as the conductor of the UVIC Wind Symphony and heads the graduate Wind Conducting program. From 2004-2012 he served as Director of the School of Music. Among his many achievements as Director, with his leadership and guidance the University of Victoria School of Music was awarded the designation as Canada’s first and only All-Steinway School.

Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s most respected conductors, adjudicators, educators and keynote speakers, Dr. King is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Order of the Phoenix by the Western International Band Clinic where he has made 5 separate conducting appearances; election into Phi Beta Mu; election into the American Bandmasters Association (2004) when he served as guest conductor of the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) from Washington, DC; recipient of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Honorary Life Award “in recognition of a lifetime of commitment of time, talent, and energies to music education in British Columbia.” In March 2014 he has the honor of being invited to conduct the 2013 Ostwald/Sousa Award Winning Composition Pale Blue on Deep by Aaron Perrine with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble at ABA 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. King is a former student of internationally renowned conductor, Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama with whom he studied the Saito Conducting Technique. His professional career has taken him throughout Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, and Switzerland. Dr. King’s conducting appearances with Regional, National, International Honor, and Professional Ensembles have been praised for performance quality, artistry, and creativity. Throughout his career he has been a champion of new music, premiering over 20 compositions. As well, he has worked with over 50 major guest artists. Although he is primarily recognized as a conductor, he has many years of performing experience as a professional clarinetist having performed with numerous ensembles, including the La Scala Opera of Milan, Italy. Most recently, during July 2013 he performed with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia on their concert tour of Europe—he previously toured with them in 2000 and 2004.

In addition to his passion for making music he is also widely recognized as an expert for his ability to link theory and practice in the field of teaching and learning. Among his many recordings and publications is a chapter in the book, Creativity and Music Education written by seventeen authors from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, and Scotland. The book includes a forward by noted author on Creativity, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi. Dr. King has also completed a well-received DVD—The Craft of Conducting.

Dr. King is in great demand as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and keynote speaker throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Asia. Over the past 20 years he has worked with over 10,000 ensembles and soloists representing more than 500,000 musicians. Dr. King is a Yamaha Artist Educator/Conductor and a Backun Clarinet Artist. Dr. King resides in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife Sandy.

Director of Bands, University of Victoria