Gary Wilkes

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Gary Wilkes


Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master's Degree in Bassoon Performance and Conducting, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX



A native Chattanoogan, Gary Wilkes is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. After graduation, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was awarded a Master of Music Diploma in Bassoon Performance and Orchestral Conducting. He studied with James Rives-Jones, former associate conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Over the past thirty-eight years, he has taught both bands and orchestras in Texas and Tennessee. Gary is proudly beginning his sixteenth year at CSAS and his twenty-second year as the music director of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and the conductor of the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.

Gary has professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, American String Teacher’s Association, National School Orchestra Association, International Double Reed Society, Tennessee Education Association, Hamilton County Education Association, and the American Federation of Musician’s - Local 80. He recently completed a six-year tenure on the Executive Board of Directors with the Tennessee Music Education Association and is also past President of the Tennessee chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. Beginning this school year, he will become President –Elect of the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. He also holds membership in the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was recently honored as one of Tennessee’s outstanding teachers by the Board of the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts.

 In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is Director of Music at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is proud to be a husband to Lisa and Dad to Richard, Michael, Kathryn, and grand-father to Elly-Mae!!!

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