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Gabe Southard

Robert "Gabe" Southard, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands


Department of Music
Miller Center for Musical Arts, Rm 174
Tel: 616-395-7646

Robert “Gabe” Southard is currently an associate professor at Hope College, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches flute, as well as heading up the Instrumental division of the Music Education Department. Dr. Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Michigan State University, where he worked with Professor John Whitwell.  Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as Wind Symphony conductor and Flute Studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught Orchestration, Music Appreciation, and Advanced Conducting.  While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999-2002.  Under his direction, CYWE toured England and Scotland, taking first place at the Bournemouth International Musicmakers Festival; completed a CD of the works of Mark Camphouse; as well as being invited to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Regional Conference.

In addition to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Southard has served as clinician at several high schools and taught at the New England Music Camp in 2002.  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 chamber ensembles.  He has also performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Lucca, Italy Opera Orchestra, as well as a number of community orchestras.

Dr. Southard received his Masters of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied conducting with James Smith.  At UW, he created the UW Brass Choir and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Brass Choir program.  At Ithaca College, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Wendy Mehne, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Ithaca Chamber Winds.

Dr. Southard lives locally with his wife Sarah, who teaches oboe at Hope College and performs with the Holland and Midland Symphony Orchestras, as well as several other area orchestras.  They have a new daughter, Clara, and King Charles Spaniel named Arthur.

Wind Ensemble

Wind and Brass Days/Honors Band