Gary Gatzke

Gary GatzkeGary Gatzke currently serves as Interim Executive Director for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his administrative work with the Symphony, Gary can be seen on the concert stage as the principal double bassist of the orchestra.

A native of northern Michigan, Gary studied double bass in the Traverse City Public School System (TCAPS), 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 – a post he held 2006-2013. Gary is a private instructor of cello and double bass and collaborates with various performing ensembles across northwest lower Michigan.

Phone: (231) 947 7120 ext 5