Gary Gatzke, Jr

Principal Bass

Gary Gatzke has held the principal double bass position with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra since 2006. In addition to his performance career, Gary serves as the Associate Director of Continuing and Community Education at Interlochen Center for the Arts overseeing the Interlochen College of Creative Arts and regional arts education initiatives.

A native of northern Michigan, Gary studied double bass in the Traverse City Area Public School system, Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy. Gary then continued his studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, completing his Bachelor of Music degree in 2002 and his Master of Music degree in 2004.

In 2004, Gary joined Juilliard’s development team in the office of national advancement and alumni relations, where he worked until returning to northwest Michigan in 2006 to assume the role of Director of Alumni Engagement at Interlochen Center for the Arts (2006-2013). Gary serves in various roles in operations and fundraising at the Symphony from 2013-2019 before making his return to Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Gary is a private instructor of cello and double bass and collaborates with various performing ensembles across northwest lower Michigan.