Gary Gatzke has held the principal double bass position with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra since 2006. In addition to his artistic work, Gary serves as the Annual Campaign and Operations Manager working with concert patrons, financial supporters, guest artists and the internal creative team at the Symphony.
A native of northern Michigan, Gary studied double bass in the Traverse City Area Public School system, Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy. Gary then continued his studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, completing his Bachelor of Music degree in 2002 and his Master of Music degree in 2004.
In 2004, Gary joined Juilliard’s development team in the office of national advancement and alumni relations, where he worked until returning to northwest Michigan in 2006 to assume the role of Director of Alumni Engagement at Interlochen Center for the Arts (2006-2013).
Gary is a private instructor of cello and double bass and collaborates with various performing ensembles across northwest lower Michigan.