2013 Parade Honoree

John Gerhold

John Gerhold

John Gerhold, composer of Christmas in Bakersfield the jingle for the Bakersfield Christmas Parade, studied piano and composition at UC Irvine and composition at the University of British Columbia, earning the degrees of Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts (UCI), and Doctor of Musical Arts (UBC). He has been teaching music theory and ear training at Bakersfield College since 1994. He composed Huddled Masses: Deconstructions on an Immigrant Theme (Londonderry Air) for the Bakersfield Symphony, which premiered the piece as part of Bakersfield’s Centennial Celebration in 1998. A respected tenor, Dr. Gerhold has frequently performed the National Anthem at BC football and CSUB basketball games, as well as BC Commencement every year since 2000. His composition series Peaches (Pieces that Teach) that use music and lyrics (and humor) to teach various music theory concepts are published by Gerhold Music (www.GerholdMusic.com). His music is also published by Pavane Publishing and his recent book, A Plain English Guide to Music Fundamentals by Kendall-Hunt. Dr. Gerhold is both a writer and publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). His fellowships and awards include the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (UBC), the Regents Fellowship, the California Graduate Fellowship (UCI), the Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award, the Norman Levan Faculty Colloquium, and the Jimmy Hoffa Bowling Award (Bakersfield College). He has been president of many organizations, including the Music Association of California Community Colleges, the KCCD Community College Association, and the Bakersfield College Academic Senate. Dr. Gerhold has composed orchestral commissions celebrating the centennial of Bakersfield (1997) and Orange County (1989) and hopes to compose for his own centennial (2065).  Listen to a couple of Mr. Gerhold’s compositions here!

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