Trumpet professor Chirs Gekker was unanimously selected by the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Board of Directors to receive the 2013 MCYO Chester J. Petranek Community Award. This award is presented annually to an organization or individual for outstanding community service in an enriching the musical life of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra honors UMD trumpet professor Chris Gekker for his service to the local arts community.
Chris is faculty at the University of Maryland School of Music, the Eastern Music Festival and the Levine School of Music, and MCYO. In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Chris performs with various ensembles across the country. Locally, he performs regularly with the National Philharmonic, Post-Classical Ensemble, Washington Symphonic Brass, the Washington Opera, Wolf Trap, the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Washington National Cathedral Arts Society, Baltimore Concert Artists and more.
Chris will be presented with this award at the MCYO season finale concert on Sunday, May 19 at the Music Center at Strathmore.