2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Hearing vs. Listening in Music: How to hear better by knowing what to listen for

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Bartolin Hall E112

Gary J. Lewis
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Orchestral Studies

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 and Bands in over 20 states including Texas, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Delaware along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America.  In 2010 Mr. Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and continues to serve as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment at Colorado, Lewis served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, and Abilene Christian University.  He is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles.  In addition to his regular posts, he has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Western Plains Opera Theater.

Mr. Lewis is a Yamaha Master Educator.




Hearing what exactly is going on in our ensembles is perhaps the most challenging aspect of conducting. In this clinic we will explore ways to broaden our awareness and musical expression, and to hear our groups more effectively, by knowing where to listen and what to listen for.