Doctoral Student Spotlights

Jesse Gilday

Music Performance

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
of the many resources NYU has to offer. It is a major research university that will help me lay the foundation for work that I hope to be continuing throughout my academic career. The PhD program at Steinhardt is unlike any other music performance program that I know, as it requires a more intense final document than the DMA, DM, DMus, or DA in performance. This is ideal preparation for a career in a teaching position at a college or university, where professors often have roles in addition to teaching applied music. NYU's location in New York City affords many performance opportunities besides the school's orchestral and chamber music programs. Finally, the wind program at NYU is relatively small, so there are many playing opportunities at the school and the students and full-time professors really get to know each other. Students also have the opportunity to study their instrument with well-known orchestral players, chamber musicians, and soloists from the NYC area who have national and international reputations.
My academic passion is:
connections between music and other musical, historical, and real-life events
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
have a full-time job at a college or university with an active playing career
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
aimlessly walking the streets of the Village or Upper West Side with no deadlines and no place to be
A hobby I have is:
Irish step dancing
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Baburchi Indian Restaurant
Focus of my research of scholarship:
20th-Century French repertoire for clarinet and orchestra
I'm interested in this topic because:
I am a Francophile who plays the clarinet
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
playing the Bozza concerto on a master's recital and reading about it in an annotated bibliography
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Lessons with Pascual Martinez-Forteza
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
hearing about others' research interests and commiserating about lack of time

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Brunswick, NY
Career Goals:
playing and teaching music with a focus on the clarinet
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Clarinetist Jesse Gilday, from Brunswick, NY, holds a Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship at New York University, where he pursues a PhD in performance. In addition to his collaboration with flutist Gina Izzo and oboist Kimberly Everett in Trio Passionné at such venues as Lincoln Cente 's Rose Studio, Jesse serves as principal clarinet of the NYU Symphony and frequently collaborates in vocal chamber music and the composition of new music. Prior to NYU, Jesse held a graduate teaching assistantship in clarinet during his MM at Baylor University in Waco, TX. As a member of the BU Wind Ensemble, he performed at the prestigious College Band Directors ' National Association and Texas Music Educators ' Association conventions. Jesse received his BA in music and French from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, soloing on tour in Italy with the Gordon Wind Ensemble and also with the Symphony Orchestra. While at Gordon, he played with the Cape Ann Symphony, the Chalumeau Chamber Ensemble, both of Gloucester, MA, the New England Intercollegiate Band, and the Gordon Clarinet Quartet. Jesse enjoys combining music and travel, concertizing on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He participated twice in the Young Artist Program of the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is equally at home collaborating with keyboard, strings, winds, or voice. Jesse was the recipient of a fellowship to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Chamber Music Institute. He also served as a musical ambassador to France, Austria, and Germany with American Music Abroad. Jesse 's primary teachers include Pascual Martinez-Forteza, Richard Shanley, Alan Olson, and William Kirkley, as well as Dennis Smylie on bass clarinet. He has participated in master classes given by clarinetists Greg Raden, Russell Dagon, Justin O 'Dell, Micah Heilbrunn, and Todd Palmer, oboists Ray Still and Stephen Taylor, and the Ying Quartet. Mr. Gilday has collaborated with such artists as instrumentalists Joe Alessi, Simon Docking, Carol Ou, and James Buswell, vocalists Maija Kovalevska and Suré Eloff, and conductors Marco Armiliato, Jerry Steichen, and Alain Trudel. Jesse enjoys working out, all things Francophone, living in Manhattan, teaching privately, and competitive Irish dancing.
Other professional or service activities:
Member of the International Clarinet Association and the American Federation of Musicians