Mr. Gilson holds degrees in music from Allegheny College and the
Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with major studies in the
fields of vocal performance, conducting and Dalcroze
eurhythmics. David has been employed at CIM since 1991
serving as faculty in Choral Conducting and Eurhythmics as well
as holding various administrative posts including the current
position as Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
As a conductor, David currently is the Director of Music for the
United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls. He served as
guest conductor for the Singers' Club of Cleveland, an all male
ensemble, has conducted the University Circle Chorale and
Chamber Choirs, CIM Singers and was chorus master for the CIM
opera department productions. David has also been choral
director the Park Synagogue, Pathfinder Music Camp, Bethany
Covenant Church and the Allegheny College Chapel Choir.
As a vocalist, David has appeared numerous times as a recitalist
in Northeast Ohio, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania and as
soloist with various choral ensembles. He has appeared in
musicals and operas including productions with the Chagrin
Valley Little Theater, CIM Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland.