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The Western Reserve Chorale


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.