Jan Gippo, Adjunct Professor of Music
Jan Gippo has been Piccolo/Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1972. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he has taught at Webster University since 1980, been on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. As Director of Winds at Webster University, he was a founding member of the Webster Wind Quintet and the Webster Chamber Players, and was the originator of the course, “The Practical World of Music Business.” He is also the owner/publisher of Meridian Publishing LLC that publishes the Gaubert Suite for flute and piano and piccolo works, Spindrift, Broughton Concerto fro Piccolo and Loeb Preludes VOL. III. Mr. Gippo also served as Principal flute for the Bach Society of St. Louis. He was the music director of “From the Garden-LIVE!” a live radio chamber music broadcast program on Classic 99-KFUO FM, where he hosted international figures in the classical music world including Garrick Ohlsson, Anne Akiko Meyers, Emmanuel Ax, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin. In 2002 Mr. Gippo was elected Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, ICSOM. This organization represents 52 major orchestras of the United States and over 5000 musicians. Founder of the piccolo committee of the 8,000-plus member National Flute Association, Jan has helped raise over $120,000 to commission 15 new works for the instrument. He has served on the board of directors for the National Flute Association. In addition, he has been co-chair of the St. Louis Symphony’s orchestra committee and is an author, contributing editor, and editor-at-large of Flute Talk Magazine, and Instrumentalist publication. He was a member of the Board of the St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series and managing director of the Union Avenue Opera Theater. At the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians meeting in August of 2002, Mr. Gippo was overwhelmingly elected Chairman. He is author and editor of The Complete Piccolo: a comprehensive guide to fingers, repertoire, and history, published by the Theodore Presser Company. His educational credential include: Undergraduate Applied Music/Music Therapy, University of Pacific, California VISTA Volunteer: created music department for elementary and secondary schools, Clay County, Kentucky Bachelors Degree in Applied Flute, New England Conservatory of Music, including Massachusetts Public School Certification Masters Degree (Double) in Applied Flute and Wind Ensemble Conducting Literature, New England Conservatory of Music.