JOSEPH GEHRING, Music DirectorIn 2012, Joseph Gehring was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Immaculata Symphony, after having served as Assistant Conductor since 2004. His dynamic leadership has brought innovative programs to Immaculata, including interactive Youth programs with a focus on music education for all ages. With an interest in promoting new music as well as cherishing the music of the past, Mr. Gehring strives to create unique programs that represent outstanding music covering many different genres. In addition to conducting the Symphony, he also conducts the Immaculata University Concert Band, and teaches Brass Methods and Advanced Conducting.
Mr. Gehring is the Director of Instrumental Music at the Renaissance Academy where he conducts all Elementary, Middle, and High School ensembles. He has been the Conductor of the West Chester Band since 2003, and has been the Assistant Conductor for the Chester County Pops Orchestra since its inception in 2005. These ensembles help to complete the full spectrum of musicians that he has the pleasure of working with, from every age and ability level. He is also a frequent guest conductor of various honor/festival bands and orchestras throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware, including the Southern Chester County Honors Band, Philadelphia Archdiocesan Honors String Orchestra, PMEA District 12 Elementary Honors Band Fest, Kent County Junior High Honors Band, ASTA Junior High String Festival Orchestra, and the Berks County Senior High Festival Orchestra.
As a pianist, Mr. Gehring has been the Director of Music Ministries at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (now Exton United Methodist Church) since 2004 where he has served as organist/pianist, contemporary worship leader, and choir director. He is also the accompanist for the Brandywine Singers in West Chester, and has maintained a piano studio for beginning to advanced students of all ages for over 15 years. Mr. Gehring completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at West Chester University, studying both piano and tuba. He continued his postgraduate work at Boston University and returned to WCU to study conducting with Dr. Ovidiu Marinescu. He recently earned a Master of Music Performance degree in Orchestral Conducting.