Dr. Gary Gerber is Chair of the Division of Music, Director of Choral Activities and professor of music at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He directs Ouachita Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches various conducting and choral methods classes. A native of Azle, Texas, Dr. Gerber holds a bachelor of music degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He received two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting in 1990 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting in 1993.
Ouachita Singers under Dr. Gerber’s direction was recently selected to sing at the 2014 Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association convention and the 2011 Arkansas All-State conference. He has taken this choir on numerous tours throughout the United States and overseas, most recently to Italy in 2010. Dr. Gerber served the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chairs for Colleges and Universities from 2006-2010, and as the coordinator of the Collegiate Honor Choir for the division from 2006-2012.
Before coming to OBU, Dr. Gerber served as Director of Choral Studies at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri from 1996-2004. While there his choirs toured extensively throughout the United States and took two international tours to Europe. They were invited to sing at the Missouri Music Educators Association convention in 2000 and 2004. He also served as music director and conductor of the Missouri Baptist All-State Youth Choir and the Missouri Music Men, a male chorus of ministers of music from Missouri Baptist churches. Dr. Gerber was founder and director of the Bolivar Community Chorus, a chorus that sang four to five times a season and regularly joined the choral forces at Southwest Baptist University to present large-scale choral works.
In addition to his academic teaching, Dr. Gerber has served as Minister of Music in several Southern Baptist churches. He served as interim Minister of Music on six separate occasions while in Missouri and Arkansas. Dr. Gerber is active as a clinician both in the public school and church music fields. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Arkansas Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Arkansas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Dr. Gerber is married to Linda Gerber, middle school band director in Bryant, Arkansas, and they have two sons, Nathan and Nicholas.