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  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

  • Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 4:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Advocate and Mentor 

    CIM New Music Ensemble
    Keith Fitch, director
    Augusta Read Thomas, guest composer
    Joshua Smith, flute


David Gilson has served on the faculty at CIM since 1991 and currently teaches choral conducting and eurhythmics. Serving as the associate dean for Student Affairs, he also oversees the Colloquium and Senior Seminar classes. Dean Gilson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, studying conducting and vocal performance, from Allegheny College. An alumnus of CIM, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and a master’s degree in choral conducting.


Mr. Gilson currently serves as the conductor and artistic director of the Western Reserve Chorale and director of music for the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls (OH). Previous conducting positions include Park Synagogue, Bethany Covenant Church, Allegheny Chapel Choir and Pathfinder Music Camp. He has served as guest conductor of the Singers’ Club of Cleveland, the University Circle Chorale and Chamber Choir, the CIM Singers, and as chorus master for CIM's Opera Department. He has served as Eurhythmics faculty for the Cleveland School of Ballet, Cleveland School of the Arts, Camp KLAVIER, CIM Summer Sonata program, as well as serving as a clinician at various colleges and schools in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. As a vocalist, Dean Gilson has been heard in concerts, music theater and opera productions, and solo recitals in the Cleveland area as well as in Pennsylvania and Florida.


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