Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Gaylon Patterson

Gaylon Patterson

Principal, The Dunbar and Constance Abston Chair

Colleges attended: Washington University in St. Louis, University of Arkansas (BA), University of Memphis (MM)
Most influential musical teachers: Sigmund Ziebel, Rico McNeela, Julian Ross
First Season with the MSO: 1985-86
Teaching Positions: Former faculty at University of Memphis, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts
As a Chamber Musician: Former violinist in Ceruti Quartet, many performances with Memphis Chamber Music Society
MSO Community Involvement: Development team for LFEC and Opus One, program planning for Family Tunes & Tales, active in arts advocacy.

 

FUN FACTS!


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go: Greenland. I seem to gravitate toward obscure destinations.
Favorite hobby: I love to cook for friends, and I'm adventurous about exploring new (to me) foods and wines.
Age you started your instrument: 10
What inspired you to make music your career: I knew I wanted to be a musician at 12, but it took me a long time to get from there to here. I went to engineering school and also studied architecture and visual art before I committed to music as a career. For me, it's a calling, not just a job, and my circuitous path makes me love my work even more.
Favorite book, movie, or TV show: I like books better than movies, and movies better than TV. It's tough to choose a single favorite.
Most embarrassing moment on stage: I once knocked a very large flower arrangement into the orchestra pit while turning around for a curtain call after a concerto.
Favorite piece of music: I have kaleidoscopic tastes in music, but Beethoven 7, Mahler 2, Strauss "Four Last Songs," and the late Beethoven quartets are always near the top.
Interesting Fact about yourself: I like pie, fresh haircuts, naps, and new socks.