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Interview with Gary Gray
I met Gary early in the millennium when he came to the university where I was teaching to present a recital and masterclass. I had the pleasure of performing with him on that recital and quickly realized why he had been such a successful musician. He was well prepared, an ideal colleague to work with, and musically engaging—a musician’s triple threat! Gary was also very encouraging about the jazz and woodwind doubling programs that I was coordinating and offered a great deal of encouragement and support throughout my years as a professor. I heard him perform at several ICA Conferences in various chamber settings and was always inspired by his seemingly effortless and thoughtful interpretations of challenging contemporary compositions. He is well respected by his colleagues throughout the industry and his many students in major orchestras and in Academia continue to reflect the decency and sophistication that stand for Gary Gray.