Associate Conductor & Personnel Manager
Gary is a resident of Silverdale and teaches in the Central Kitsap School District. Originally from Montana, Gary attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where he earned his BA in Music Education in 1984.
He began his teaching career in Omak, Washington, and in 1985 also became conductor of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. Under Dahl’s leadership, the orchestra grew significantly, both in numbers and in its level of musicianship. In addition to subscription concerts, he led more than a dozen musical shows, including both Broadway standards (Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Guys and Dolls) and light operas by Gilbert & Sullivan.
During his tenure in Omak, he took leave to complete his studies at Western Washington University and earned his Masters in Conducting in 1990. Mr. Dahl was then accepted to study conducting with Gunther Schuller at The Festival at Sandpoint, after which he returned to his teaching and conducting roles in Omak.
In 1998, he moved to Kitsap County to accept his current position in the Central Kitsap School District. Mr. Dahl remains musically active both as a conductor and percussionist. He studies timpani with Michael Crusoe (principal timpanist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), and serves as principal timpanist and personnel manager of the Bremerton Symphony Association.
He is the choir director at Summit Avenue Church in Bremerton. In the past, Mr. Dahl has also served as conductor for the Millennium Music Series Association, the Kitsap Youth Symphony and for the Bremerton Community Theatre’s productions of South Pacific, The Mikado, and 1776.
Gary and his wife Tineke, BSA principal second violin, have two children.