Non Profit’s Hero of the Week – Jeffrey Gilbert

| SC Living | February 22, 2018

Jeffrey Gilbert is an oboist, vocalist and an educator within the William S. Hart school district. Currently he is the Music Educator at Rio Norte Junior High, a position he has held for the past 15 years since the school opened. Jeffrey studied oboe and voice at California State University, Northridge, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Performance. Jeffrey also studied Music Education, earning his teaching credentials. He recently completed the requirements of a Master of Music degree also, under the tutelage of Professor Paul Smith, at CSU Northridge. Jeffrey will receive his degree at commencement ceremonies in the spring. A native Californian, Jeffrey hails from Santa Barbara, California and currently resides in Santa Clarita. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Southern California Vocal Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and the California Band Directors Association.

Jeffrey has been an invaluable asset in the success of the Santa Clarita Philharmonic. He started in the oboe section when the orchestra first started rehearsing in February of 2013. When our original Music Director stepped down, Jeffrey volunteered to take the baton to permit the orchestra to continue. Under Jeffrey’s direction, the orchestra has grown and refined its sound. Working with volunteer musicians is a rewarding, but sometimes challenging, experience. The goal is to maintain a professional caliber organization while ensuring that the musicians are having fun and are eager to participate. From his experience working with young teens, Jeffrey has mastered the ability to excel in this arena.

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