Born in Los Angeles, CA, Gerardo Lopez, or Gerry as he is known to his friends and
colleagues, began playing the flute at the age of 10 when he entered junior high school. He continued his music studies in high school, including private lessons with Dr. Wendy Rolfe and Lance Van Lenten at the Berklee College of Music.
Gerry attended Pasadena City College (PCC), earning an A.A. in Music with summa cum laude honors. While there, he studied with Jamie Pedrini and was active in the orchestra and chamber ensemble programs. At the end of his time at PCC, he was awarded the Music Department’s highest honor: “Honors Extraordinaire.”
Gerry transferred to the University of Redlands in 2015 and graduated in 2017 summa cum laude, with a B.M. degree in Music Performance. At the University of Redlands Gerry studied with Artist Teacher of Flute, Sara Andon. He is now a graduate student at the University, continuing his flute studies with Ms. Andon. He is a member, of the University’s Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as a member and conductor of the school’s Flute Choir. Gerry has qualified to perform as a student member of the Redlands Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Ransom Wilson. This is his third season of playing on select RSO concerts.
Recently, Gerry has been exploring contemporary music including performing an all-world premiere of new works as part of the Sound and Fury concert series, directed by Christian Dubeau and Christine Lee at the Art Share L.A. in Los Angeles. He is also one of the founding members of PHAZE Ensemble, a Redlands-based group focused on bringing contemporary music to the Redlands community in an accessible and engaging way. The inaugural concert last July featured a work collaboratively composed by the members of PHAZE, titled “Caged Bird Song,” which was inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.”
“My goal is to teach and do research at a university or college as a music theory professor,” explains Gerry, “I have interests in music cognition research which is a special niche under the broader umbrella of music theory.”
Gerry also maintains membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which is a national music fraternity, as well as Pi Kappa Lambda, which is the national music honor’s society. In his spare time – what there is of it – Gerry likes watching YouTube videos, reading poetry, stargazing on clear nights, and following the news: “I’m a bit of a news junkie,” he says. Gerry is proud that he’s made it this far in his academic career without having a cup of coffee and plans to keep it that way at least until he finishes his PhD.
Photos of Gerardo Lopez by Hilary Petersi.