Gil grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, received his Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and completed his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from University of Southern California. He has taught at the Aspen Choral Institute, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Arts, and for 35 years at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he was awarded the John Rogers Endowed Chair in Music.
In addition to various community choruses and church positions, Gil was artistic director of the award winning Oregon Repertory Singers for 35 years. Among his numerous guest conducting experience was a concert with the acclaimed Moscow Chamber Choir in a program of all-American music in 2006. Special awards have included the Oregon Governor’s Arts Awards in 2007 and in 2011 when he was named in the magazine “artslandia” as one of “Ten Giants Who Came Before.”
Gil’s concerts are known to be distinctly varied and international, incorporating music ranging from medieval chant to Italian madrigal, Bach, Brahms, Duke Ellington, flamenco, gospel, folk and contemporary works of diverse styles. He greatly looks forward to working with the RainShadow Chorale and a new life in Port Townsend.
Concerts this spring are in May 2017. Stay tuned! Hop on our email newsletter list for updates.