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David Gier

Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music; School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Dean David Gier is Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. From 1995 to 2018 he taught at the University of Iowa, where he served as director of the School of Music beginning in 2010 and was appointed as the inaugural Erich Funke Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2014. Before moving to Iowa, Gier served for six years on the faculty of Baylor University. He is an elected member of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation.

As a trombone soloist, clinician, and adjudicator, Gier has performed and presented at many colleges, universities, and professional conferences, including the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Music Educators’ National Conference, and the New York Brass Symposium. His recording of mixed chamber music featuring trombone, titled Toot tooT, was released on the Albany Records label in 2007.

Gier began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra New England, and performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra New England, and Keith Brion’s Peerless Sousa Band. From 1990 until 2008, Gier was principal trombonist of the Breckenridge (CO) Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann.

Gier’s teaching expertise is nationally recognized. His students have been prizewinners in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition. Graduates have won performing positions with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, national Broadway touring companies, the Air Force Band, and in prestigious summer programs such as National Orchestral Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Graz AIMS Opera Orchestra. They also hold faculty posts at colleges and universities around the U.S., and in the public schools throughout the Midwest.

Gier is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale University, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1992.


BM with high distinction (trombone), University of Michigan
MM, MMA, DMA (trombone), Yale University

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