Dr. Gina Gillie is an Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University where she teaches horn and aural skills, conducts a horn choir, and performs frequently with faculty groups and in solo and chamber recitals. As an orchestral player, she is currently Assistant Principal with the Tacoma Symphony and has also played with the Northwest Sinfonietta, The Auburn Symphony, Seattle Studio recordings for movie and video game soundtracks, the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of two faculty chamber ensembles at PLU, the Camas Wind Quintet and the Lyric Brass Quintet. Some of Gillie's unique specialties that she includes in her teaching and performing are composition, natural horn, and singing.
In 2006, she attended the Tanglewood Music Festival as an orchestral fellow where she worked with world-class musicians such as James Levine, Elliot Carter, Bernhard Haitink, Stefan Asbury, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Rosen, Barry Tuckwell and John Williams. Gina Gillie studied horn performance with Douglas Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Masters degree in 2006 and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2009. She completed her Bachelors degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 2004 as a horn player in Kathleen Vaught Farner’s studio.
Gillie's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music for Soprano, Horn and Piano: an Original Composition, Professional Recording, and Research of Significant Pieces." Information and recordings from the project are featured on this website.
Gillie got her start as a composer in graduate school, where she was encouraged by her mentor, Douglas Hill, to write music as part of the educational experience. Since then, she has been commissioned to write several works, including a horn duet with piano, a brass trio, and a horn quartet. Her music has been performed at multiple Northwest and International Horn Symposia, as well as internationally in England, Canada and Australia.
In her free time, Gillie pursues the aerial arts on the silks or hoop.
PLU Music Website: www.plu.edu/music/
PLU Horn Studio Website: www.plu.edu/horn/