Gerry Rossi

Educated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland

Gerry is currently at the University of Strathclyde where he is BA Applied Music Course Director.

Research/Performance interests Participation in conferences in the area of music and special needs at Edinburgh University (2004), Dundee (2005), Stirling (2004), Dortmund (2003,2004,2005,2009). This has resulted in developing an area of research based on a comparative study of provision for special needs in all the arts - especially music.

Sounds of Progress/Limelight (Gerry is Chair of Board) this successful company designs and delivers music workshops, training and education throughout Scotland and abroad

Gerry is working on collaborative projects with the Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA (including improvisation, Music Therapy, approaches to music composition, faculty teaching exchange programme)

He is also director of the Strathclyde Improvisation Ensemble, which features 25 musicians on the BA Applied Music Degree course. The ensemble includes musicians from all styles of musical backgrounds - traditional, classical, rock, pop, jazz and electronic - and plays regularly on campus and in the city centre. A number of guest musicians from North America and Europe have been featured with the ensemble.

Gerry is also Assistant Director of the Strathclyde University Big Band whose members are formed from staff, students and alumni. They are held in high regard throughout the UK and perform throughout the UK, including the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. He is also a musician with and board member of the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble, and performs regularly with his own ensemble.

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Course Director for the renowned BA Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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