Gregory Gentry (Director of Choral Studies) made his Phoenix Symphony conducting debut in 2009 to sold-out audiences with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, while New York engagements have included Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Schicksaslied by Johannes Brahms. As Phoenix Symphony Chorus Master, Dr. Gentry prepared many major choral/orchestral masterworks, including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (2012), North American premiere of In Principio by Arvo Pärt (2011), On the Transmigration of Souls (2010) and Nixon in China (2009) by John Adams, world premiere of Mark Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio (2008) with an English/Navajo libretto, and Arizona premiere of Golijov’s Ainadamar in collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Kelley O’Connor (2008). Richard Nilsen wrote—in The Arizona Republic—that under Gentry’s leadership the Phoenix Symphony Chorus has become one of the gems of Phoenix’s cultural scene.
Dr. Gentry’s collegiate choirs have performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Society for American Music and College Music Society. At Arizona State University—conducting works from Praetorius to Poulenc to Chen Yi—he presented combined symphonic and choral forces (350+ singers and instrumentalists) in William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and Tito’s Say by Arizona composer James DeMars (a premiere that was honored by the Mexican Consulate).
Gregory Gentry is founder of Southwest Liederkranz, an intimate symposium for select choral professionals, working closely with Kirke Mechem, Morten Lauridsen, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and Vance George. The Gregory Gentry Choral Series with Fred Bock Publishers (forthcoming) features reviving select choral octavi from the former Golden and National Music Publishers catalogues.
Dr. Gentry (DMA, MM, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music; BME, University of Denver) is the former Director of Choral Performance at Arizona State University and the Director of Choral Activities at University of Alabama. His career has been influenced by studies with George Lynn, Eph Ehly, Vance George, Lynn Whitten, Dale Warland, Robert Shaw, and Aaron Copland.