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Professor, Horn and Chamber Music

  • D.M.A., Horn Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa (1985)
  • M.M., Horn Performance, University of Iowa (1980)
  • B.M.E, Horn Performance, University of Southern Mississippi (1979)
Charles Gavin, Professor of Music, joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1985. Prior to moving to Texas, he taught at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was principal horn with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Associate Principal of the Quad Cities Symphony.

Students of Dr. Gavin have been noted for their success as performers and teachers. Most notable in the field of music education, four of his former students have had their bands named Honor Bands in the state of Texas. His students have won the MTNA National High School Brass Artist Competition, and have been finalists in the MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition. The SFA Brass, a student Brass Quintet coached by Dr. Gavin, has been successful in chamber music competitions (MTNA and the Keystone Brass Chamber Music Competition); the group was featured in recital at the 1991 TMEA Convention. Dr. Gavin’s students have been or currently on faculties at the University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Ithaca College, Texas A&M University and East Texas Baptist University. As performers, his student’s experiences range from a Grammy winning studio artist in Hollywood to the Dallas Symphony orchestra and concert venues in Europe.

In addition to teaching responsibilities at SFA, Dr. Gavin maintains an active performing schedule. He is currently principal horn with the Orchestra of the Pines and performs regularly with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Longview Symphony. He is also a member of the Stone Fort Wind Quintet and the Pineywoods Brass Quintet. He has been a soloist at the International Horn Symposium and regularly performs at regional horn workshops. He has also presented clinics on horn pedagogy and performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, and at regional horn workshops. Dr. Gavin served as the horn clinician for the I Compete in Texas on-line video lecture series.

Dr. Gavin served two terms as the Editor/Coordinator of the International Horn Society Manuscript Press, and is past Texas Area Coordinator for the IHS. Articles and reviews by Gavin have been published in the Horn Call (Journal of the International Horn Society) and the Journal of the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors.

He is a member of the International Horn Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Music Teachers National Association.