Brigitte Gray

Violin & Viola Faculty
Instruments: 
Violin
Viola
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2008
Education: 

Yale School of Music, MM; University of Colorado, BM; Josef Gingold's Orchestral Techniques, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Paul Kantor, Sidney Harth, Harold Wippler, Lorand Fenyves, Priscilla Paetsch, Jesse Levine (viola), Tokyo Quartet (chamber music), Denes Koromzay, (viola and chamber music), Menahem Pressler (chamber music)

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I have enjoyed teaching since I was 15! I love to work with children and find what makes them excited to learn. I find excitement in watching children succeed. Learning to play an instrument is learning a world skill, a language. Each child has special ways to learn and make progress. I find pleasure in finding ways to make each student excel. Music is a unique way to learn many life skills such as discipline and responsibility, as well as bring on self confidence. Also, music is a great way to meet people and travel. It is a way of communicating and connecting with others in all walks of life. It is a way to bring pleasure and stir the emotions of the human soul. Music propels and expands the mind, as well as challenges individuals into a world beyond the ordinary. I am patient yet energetic for inspiring and motivating my students.

Awards and achievements: 

Yale University Music Scholarship, Alpha Tau Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Scholarship), University of Colorado Chamber Music Scholarship, Banff Festival of the Arts Scholarship, Music Teachers' National Association Competition, State and Regional winner

Professional affiliations & activities: 

American Federation of Musicians

Interests outside of music: 

Running for fun (ran 5 marathons), hanging out and performing with my husband and children (yes, this is music related, but outside teaching!!), taking road trips, horse back riding, smelling roses, bird watching, playing with my cat, Athena, and gardening and doing projects with my husband.

Favorite quote: 

"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference." Zig Ziglar

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Johannes Brahms, the richness and sonorities are memorizing!

Favorite musical moment: 

Performing with Leonard Rose and the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall!! It was an incredible experience and moment in life to not only be in Carnegie Hall, but also to be performing with a legendary artist!