Gary Margerum was born and raised in Bucks County, PA. He graduated from Pennsbury High School and went through their Choral music program. He then attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and graduated with a BA in music education with a voice concentration. He was a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Concert Bell Choir, and Jubilee Singers.
Gary also served as the Music Director for the male a cappella group Soulfege (of Westminster Choir College) for 2 years.
Through the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Gary performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel at Carnegie Hall. He continued his studies in voice under Faith Esham, Soprano.
Q & A with Gary
What is your teaching style?
My teaching style is based on the needs of the vocalist. I believe in delivering a musical experience that is both educational and practical for the student. Covering the foundations is a necessary experience, but using your voice for the style of music you are passionate about is equally important.
What advice do you have for new musicians?
When you begin your musical training, always remember to take your time. Be patient with yourself and never stop practicing. Find ways to make practicing a fun and challenging experience. No matter what level you are at, find other musicians to play with and never be afraid to make noise!
Gary participated in a beginner Chinese music ensemble where he learned to play the Erhu (a two-stringed bow instrument) and the Daruan (a plucked string instrument).