New Music Chair Joins Growing Department

Posted: July 17, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

James Gardner has joined the university as the new chair of the Department of Music. Gardner comes to George Mason from the University of Houston where he served as the associate director of the Moores School of Music for six years. Gardner has extensive academic administrative and teaching experience as well as musical performance experience.

“Dr. Gardner is coming from a school with approximately 500 music majors, which is the number we aspire to reach,” says Joseph Kanyan, interim music chair. “He has been very successful in the areas that are important to us, including developing graduate programs and building new music facilities.”

Gardner holds a D.M.A. and a M.M. from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He received his B.M. in violin performance from Oklahoma City University. Former concertmaster of the Wilmington Symphony and a former member of the Fort Worth and Arkansas Symphonies, he has taught courses in chamber music, music appreciation, music literature, music in liturgy, and research methods. He has also taught graduate courses in violin, string pedagogy, orchestral methods, and music literature.

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