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Garry Gable B. Mus., M. Mus., D.M.A.

Director-Music Theatre Ensemble; Chair - Voice Studies

Faculty Member in Music

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Education 1051

Research Area(s)

  • Vocal literature
  • Compilation of graded Canadian Art Song
  • Improving communication between student and teacher in a pedagogical setting
  • Establishing creative alliances that reach national and international borders
  • Developing better ways of creating and understanding pedagogical terms of reference for singers interested in 'cross-over' work

About me

Garry Gable has been with the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Music since 1994 in his capacity as Associate Professor (Voice). He is responsible for private Vocal instruction and the providing of courses in Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction for Singers, and is Director of the Music Theatre Ensemble. The winner of the 2011 Provost's Teaching Award for the Division of the Humanities and Fine Arts, Dr Gable is strongly dedicated to providing the best possible vocal instruction to his students, with the goal of assuring that UofS students are competitive with students from any other undergraduate program. Dr Gable is sought out as a master teacher and clinician for the voice - and is recognized for his ability to get his students to sing naturally, no matter what the style of music. Students of singing at the UofS have gone on to the best graduate and other professional training programs in Cananda and abroad, are regular winners in local and national competitions, and have gained success as performers in opera and other venues. In 2018, Garry, and his wife, collaborative pianist and vocal coach Kathleen Lohrenz Gable were invited to join the faculty of Bel Canto in Tuscany, an opera training and development program offered each summer in Greve-in-Chianti, Italy.

Garry Gable has performed widely in Canada and the United States and abroad. He is Adjunct Faculty with The Tianjin Conservatory of Music (Tianjin, China), the Wuhan Conservatoryof Music, (Wuhan, China), and Minzu University in Lanzhou, China. He has performed with such groups as the Canadian Opera Company, Toledo Opera, the Charlottetown Festival, CBC Radio and TV, symphonies in Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria,  Windsor, Saskatoon, and Regina, Kelowna, and elsewhere. An active recitalist, Garry performs with his wife, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. Their programs are always varied to include the breadth of classical music from Art and Folksong, to opera and oratorio, and Broadway. They have performed in Canada, the USA, Europe, and China. Garry possesses a rich bass-baritone singing voice capable of a wide range of styles, and in as many as 15 languages, from opera to Broadway and including a bit of jazz. Garry is also known for his versatile speaking instrument - and has ventured even into character voices and cartoon voices. On the stage, Garry is recognized for the strength of his characterizations from comic to dramatic roles.

Dr Gable maintains regular associations with a variety of groups pertinent to his work, ranging from Actors Equity and Actra, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Canadian Registered Music Teachers Association, The Canadian Music Centre, and others. These affiliations help reinforce research areas that include Canadian Art Song, developing ongoing studies into improving communication between student and teacher in the pedagogical setting, developing better ways of creating and understanding pedagogical terms of reference for singers interested in 'cross-over' work, and establishing creative alliances that reach national and international borders. His commitment to music and song as a tool for cultural understanding and improved international relations has resulted in recital programs sung in multiple languages - beyond European traditions into areas of the far east, and Central and South America at the moment. The song is a mirror of a culture or society - by embracing the variety of languages he does, Dr Gable hopes that tolerance and comprehension for a different social group can be can be found by appreciating their music and culture. Further, songs (and music generally) are a means of proving our own identity as individuals in a complex and multi-layered society. Singers who are capable of reaching beyond the classical tradition to include popular, folk, modern, and theatrical idioms are better ambassadors for music, and are better interpreters of and for our broader culture. 

Teaching & Supervision

Teaches private Vocal studies,

Vocal Pedagogy (Mu3 313 - Singing: from Sicence to Sound),

Vocal Literature (Mus 312),

Diction for SIngers (Mus 242, 243, 244), and is

Director of the Music THeatre Ensemble.

In 2011 - recipient of the prestigious University of Saskatchewan Provost's Teaching Award for the Humanities and the Fine Arts Division.  

Research

Canadian Art Song music singers voice

Professional Performing Artist - Bass Baritone

Canadian Art Song - graded database for use at the university level (in progress)

Director - UofS Music Theatre Ensemble

Education & Training

Bachelor of Music - University of Windsor (1980)

Opera Diploma - Wilfrid Laurier University (1983)

 Master of Music - University of Michigan (1989)

Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Michigan (1994)