Gabe Southard, flute
Robert “Gabe” Southard is currently an associate professor at Hope College, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Faculty And Student Collaborative Ensemble (FASCE); teaches flute; and heads up the Instrumental division of the Music Education Department. Dr. Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, Dr. Southard served as Wind Symphony conductor and Flute Studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint.
In addition to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Southard has served as clinician at several high schools and taught at the New England Music Camp. As a flute player, Dr. Southard maintains an active performing schedule by playing principal flute in the Holland Symphony Orchestra, giving recitals, and playing in the newly formed “Trio Sospiro.” He has also performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Lucca, Italy Opera Orchestra, as well as a number of community orchestras. Dr. Southard was also a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition and winner of the 2016 Convention Performers Competition where he performed two new works at the convention in San Diego.