Remembering David Gerry
It is with great sadness that we share news that beloved School of the Arts music teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague, David Gerry, has passed away.
David was an Assistant Professor in the Music program in the School of the Arts and for many of the last 25 years has taught music students in the program. The flute was his passion and regularly performed in concerts locally as well as directing the Flute Ensemble here at McMaster.
In 2014, David’s work with students was recognized by a McMaster Student Union Excellence in Teaching Award and by the CNIB’s “White Cane Award” in 2015 for his work with visually impaired McMaster students.
Holding a Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance from University of Toronto and a PhD in Music Cognition from McMaster’s School of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior David was also registered as a teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Europe and a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan.
David worked both locally in Hamilton as well as stretching around the world teaching music internationally in Japan, New Zealand, and England and working with students from all across the world stretching to places like Bermuda and Taiwan.
David passed away peacefully on Monday night. He will be greatly missed by his students, friends, and colleagues at McMaster, in Hamilton and around the world.
A memorial service will be prepared for a later date.
More articles on David Gerry:
- ‘I just want people to celebrate my life through music’ (The Spec.com)
- David Gerry: Maker of Beautiful Music (School of the Arts)
- Beautiful Music for a Beautiful Soul (School of the Arts)
- David is at peace (School of the Arts)
- At the end of his life, David Gerry felt at peace (TheSpec.com)