Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Music in the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra. At Colorado Mr. Lewis conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He also leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting, including both the masters and doctoral level.
As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, the Honor Orchestra of America and during the next two years, the Minnesota All-State and the ASTA National High School Honor Orchestra. In 2010 Mr. Lewis played an important role in the creation of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and continues to serve as the founding Artistic Director of the organization and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.
Lewis has served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, and Abilene Christian University. He received the Master of Music degree in conducting from Texas Tech University and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Oklahoma. His post-graduate work includes participation in the Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors and the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar.
Mr. Lewis is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles. In addition to his regular posts at the University of Colorado, with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, he regularly conducts productions for Ballet Lubbock and appears as a guest conductor with professional orchestras.