Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Dr. Gail Lewis, French horn, music theory


Dr. Gail Lewis joined the faculty of the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in 1997, as Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Theory. She has also served as Assistant Professor of Horn and Music Theory at the Columbus State University (Georgia), and as Instructor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Master of Music degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music in performance and music theory from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her principal teachers have included Douglas Hill, Verne Reynolds, Froydis Ree Wekre, and Nicholas Perrini.

She has maintained an active schedule as a freelance performer with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Southeast and the Midwest, including the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Evansville, LaFayette and Kokomo Indiana, Owensboro Kentucky, Columbus, Macon, Albany, and Valdosta Georgia, Greenville and Charleston South Carolina, Oshkosh and Madison Wisconsin, and Dubuque Iowa. She performs extensively with many chamber groups such as the Resurrection Brass Quintet, Monument City Brass Quintet, White River Brass Quintet, the Indianapolis Brass Choir, and is a former member of the Southwind Woodwind Quintet and the Fountain City Horn Quartet. She is also in demand as a studio musician at various recording studios in Indianapolis. She has presented solo and chamber recitals in Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Dr. Lewis conducts clinics and master classes at many high schools in Indiana, presents programs through the auspices of the Young Audiences of Indiana organization, and participates in clinics presented for high school students at Huntington College and Butler University. She has also presented clinics and concerts at the Georgia Music Educators Association annual conference in Savannah. Dr. Lewis is active with students of all ages through summer programs which have included the Southeastern Music Center and the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic, and has participated in teaching courses in the Elderhostel music program for senior citizens. She maintains a private teaching studio, which currently includes horn students from the fifth grade through age 65.

She is currently pursuing a new interest in playing and researching the alphorn. Additionally, he explores the art of homebrewing beer, and in the summers enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and hiking with her dog Hershey.

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