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Gwen Gould has enjoyed a diverse career as a recitalist, artistic director, conductor, entrepreneur, and now as a writer.  She founded the Columbia Festival Orchestra (1988), the West Village Chorale (1971, Diamond Opera Theater (2004), and ClaverackLanding (2010-2013).  For the 2014-2015 season Gwen will co-direct, with violinist Helena Baillie,  a classical series called Classics on Hudson (a new iteration of ClaverackLanding aka Columbia Festival Orchestra).

Classics on Hudson  is a non-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of the greater Hudson community by providing musical events spanning classical to contemporary, performed by internationally celebrated artists.  We serve to promote understanding and enjoyment of music through educational and concert experiences for audiences of all ages.

This exciting new series will be presented by The Hudson Opera House, with the 2014/15 season announcement coming this August. Visit HOH and sign up for their mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events.

A national competition finalist, Gwen has performed extensively as a solo recitalist and developed a career as an organist and director of music in New York City at St. Bartholomew’s, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the Church of Our Saviour. Additionally, she performed recitals throughout the Northeast and in many churches in New York City including St. Thomas’ Church, Trinity Wall Street, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, among others.

She received a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and a Master of Sacred Music from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/Union and held teaching posts at Stuart Hall in Staunton, VA, and at St. Luke’s School, NYC.

As a poet, Gwen has published a chapbook Luminations and is a contributor to another chapbook  Java Wednesdays by the Java Poets Collective, an ongoing writing group of which she is a member.  She has had poems published in Chronogram Magazine and Our Berkshire Times.  Her poem Black Beauty (about her piano) has been set to music by award-winning composer Sheila Silver and was performed for the first time in March 2013 at Club Helsinki by Nina Fine, mezzo-soprano, with the composer at the piano.  A free download of this song will be available soon.

Gwen and her husband Ed Grossman founded an IT staffing company JSL Computer Services, Inc. in New York City in 1978, which they continue to run from their office in Hudson, NY.

Ms. Gould currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library and Classics on Hudson, and on the Advisory Boards of the Hudson Opera HousePS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) and the West Village Chorale.

CLICK HERE for A Personal History in Music.