Maestro Adrian Gnam

 Maestro Adrian Gnam is a multi-talented musician, conductor, oboist, arranger, administrator, speaker, arts consultant, fund-raiser and teacher. He enjoys an international reputation for his superlative musicianship, creating programming, and devotion to teaching. Maestro Gnam is currently Director of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition, Conductor of the Georgia Southern Symphony at Georgia Southern University and is a member of the artist faculty at Mercer University, Georgia College and State University and Wesleyan College. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Macon Symphony Orchestra which he brought to a continuing high level of artistic success during his twenty-seven year tenure as Music Director and Conductor.

A former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, Mr. Gnam has studied under some of the major figures in the field: Harold Gomberg, Marcel Tabuteau, John Mack, Pierre Monteux, Max Rudolf and George Szell. Maestro Gnam has guest conducted numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Alabama, Jacksonville, Santa Fe, Youngstown, Florida, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Garland, Las Colinas, Santa Cruz, Grand Junction, North Dakota and Vermont Symphonies; The Cincinnati, Erie, Eugene, and Oregon Ballet Companies; Missouri Regional Opera Company; Spoleto, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Colorado, Hartwick, Eastern and Texas Music Festivals; and major orchestras in Rumania, Venezuela, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Japan and Russia.

Mr. Gnam is a former Director of the Music Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. During his eight-year tenure at the Arts Endowment, he was responsible for developing new categories of support, representing the field of music before the US Congress and fund-raising for joint private/public ventures. He was awarded a special distinguished service award for “Outstanding, Innovative and Precedent-setting contributions to furthering the goals and missions of the Endowment and enhancing the Arts on a national scale.” Mr. Gnam is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs President’s Award and a Macon Arts Cultural Award. He is a former president of the Conductors Guild and serves on its advisory council. He is a former Music Director of the Midland, Eugene and Tuscaloosa Symphonies. Maestro Gnam was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia for fifteen seasons, the Florence Chamber Orchestra for four seasons and was Music Director of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival. Maestro Gnam has conducted twice in Kurobe, Japan and has appeared as an oboe soloist, conductor and master class faculty member with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Middletown Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois and New York’s Orchestra da Camera. He can be heard on Decca, Columbia, Century Advent, Piper Co., Bravo, Albany, Telarc, Heritage, Epic, Vanguard and Opus One recordings.

Maestro Gnam is deeply committed to the education of young musicians. He was an Associate Professor at Ohio University, was on the Artist Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has served as a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Mercer University and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Houston. He has conducted and given oboe master classes at Temple University, the University of Georgia, the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, Georgetown University, the University of Oregon, the University of Delaware, UCLA, the University of Kansas, Oregon State University, Trinity University, Arizona State University and the University of Alabama. He has conducted All-State Orchestras in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

During his distinguished career, Maestro Gnam has shared the stage with such notable soloists as Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Zuill Bailey, Chee Yun, Cho Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Carter Brey, Roberta Peters, Maureen Forrester, Garrick Ohlsson, John Browning, Helen Huang, Christopher O’Riley, Roberto Diaz and Samuel Ramey and pops artists including the Kingston Trio, Spectrum, Cherish the Ladies, Billy Taylor, Freddie Cole, Chuck Leavell, Otis and Dexter Redding, Glenn Yarbrough, Tony Bennett, and Ray Charles.

Maestro Robert Gutter

Internationally popular with audiences and musicians alike, Robert Gutter has directed symphonies and opera companies in over forty countries including the major cities of the world: New York, Washington, London, Paris, Vienna, Milan, Florence. Madrid, Stuttgart, and Tienjin (China).

Maestro Gutter's opera credits include guest engagements with the Vienna Volksoper, Linz Stadtheater, Teatro Linico d'Europa, Teatro Massimo Bellini, The New Orleans Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, and the State Opera in Astana, Kazakhstan.  In 1996-2000, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine in Kiev.  Other notable orchestras he has conducted include the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Irish Radio Symphony, London Schubert Players, Liege Philharmonic, Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, Toronto Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Ljubljana Radio-TV Symphony, Bucharest Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mexico, Cairo Philharmonic, Turkish State Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Colorado Springs Symphony and the Albuquerque Symphony.


Since the year 2000, Maestro Gutter has received invitations to conduct not only in cities where he is known and loved, but in new cities and countries including St. Petersburg, Milan, Liege, Reykjavik, Concepcion (Chile), Skopje (Macedonia), Tenerife (Canary Islands), Vilnius (Lithuania), Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan). as well as new cities in Bulgaria and Romania.

Robert Gutter is the current Music Director of the Philharmonia of Greensboro in North Carolina is well respected as an adjudicator and educator. Mr. Gutter is Artistic Director and a faculty member of the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania. He is recently retired from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he was  Director of Orchestral Activities and won first place three times from the National Opera Association's Annual Opera Production Competition.  He serves as a clinician and All-State conductor throughout the United States.  Maestro Gutter is Associate Director of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Macon Georgia.

Prior to accepting orchestral posts in North Carolina in 1988, Mr. Gutter was Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony.  During his sixteen year tenure in Springfield, he was credited with building the orchestra into one of the nation's most respected regional orchestras.  In 1986, he was named "Conductor Emeritus" of the orchestra. Maestro Gutter was born in New York City in 1938 and is a graduate of New York's renowned High School of Music and Art and the Yale University School of Music.  He received a diploma from the Chigiana Academy of Siena, Italy where he studied with the late conducting pedagogue, Franco Ferrara.

 

Dr. Gregory Pritchard

 

 Gregory Pritchard is the Music Director of the Gwinnett Chamber Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra.  He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University and was a student of Leon Gregorian, Catherine Comet, and Elizabeth Green. He has had additional training with Gustav Meier, David Lobel, Neeme Jarvi, and Adrian Gnam.  He previously served as Music Director of The North Georgia Symphony, Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, and The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra and has also held faculty positions at Georgia State University, University of Evansville (IN), Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University (IN), Konservatori Seni Halus (Fine Arts Conservatory, Penang, Malaysia), and Hope College (MI). Additional conducting positions include Fellowship Conductor of Grand Rapids Symphony (MI), and Associate Conductor of Kokomo Symphony Orchestra (IN). He has guest conducted the Macon Symphony Orchestra, The Lake Charles Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Orchestras in Italy. In 2004 he was named a Semifinalist for the National Conducting Institute in Washington D.C. He is a winner of two major competitions: The International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Macon, Ga, and The Advanced Conductors Workshop in St/ Petersburg, Russia.  Dr. Pritchard is also deeply committed to education and serves as Director of the Orchestral Program at Mountain View High School in Snellville, Georgia.  He made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2002 with the Brookwood Philharmonic.