Gary has conducted, composed, orchestrated and arranged music for symphony orchestras across the country, ballet, Broadway and Off-Broadway, Public Radio, regional and repertory theaters and university and conservatory orchestras.
Mr. Fagin is Music Director of the Bucks County (PA) Symphony Orchestra and New York City’s Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. He conducts the New Jersey Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker with the New Jersey Symphony and has appeared as conductor with numerous regional orchestras.
Mr. Fagin served as Musical Director and Conductor for seven years at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and for three seasons at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge. His many theater credits include productions of The Three Penny Opera with Sting on Broadway, and with director Martha Clarke at the Atlantic Theater Company, and Stephen Paulus’s Hester Prynne at Death at the 92nd Street Y. He composed, orchestrated and conducted the music for Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, a music theater work based on the life and work of artist Charlotte Salomon with book and lyrics by Elise Thoron, which received its world premiere performance to critical acclaim at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia and has been performed in concert versions in Washington, D.C., St. Petersburg, Russia, London and Amsterdam. His Dramatic Song Cycle, John Adams in Amsterdam: A Song for Abigail, with lyrics by Terry Quinn, received its world premiere performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam before Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands; his A Distant Love: Songs of John and Abigail Adams was performed by Chelsea Opera.
The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra has premiered a number of Mr. Fagin’s compositions: An Inaugural Fanfare (2009); Suite for Strings (2009); And Bold To Fall Withal: Henry Hudson in the New World, with Jason Danieley, tenor (2010); Robert Moses Astride New York, with Rinde Eckert, tenor (2011); Cantata for Huddled Masses, with Marin Mazzie, soprano (2012); Jane Jacobs Saves New York, with Marin Mazzie (2014); Supreme Justice: The Battle For Gay Rights, with Lucy Shelton, soprano, and John Duykers, tenor (2016); The Winter Garden Waltzes (2018); and The Struggle To Forgive: Confronting Gun Violence in America (2018), with soprano Michaela Bennett, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, and baritone Jorell Williams.
Mr. Fagin studied composition with George Crumb and George Rochberg at The University of Pennsylvania; cello with Orlando Cole of The Curtis Quartet; and conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller at The Yale School of Music, where he received the first Doctorate Degree in Conducting ever awarded by Yale. He Was a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Herbert Blomstedt’s Conducting Institute in Loma Linda, CA and was twice chosen for the Conducting Seminar at Tanglewood. He pursued post-graduate conducting studies at The Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, and holds a Certificate from the Kodaly Institute of Pedagogy in Kescemet, Hungary.
Mr. Fagin was Assistant Professor and Conductor at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and later Hofstra University. He has taught at Yale University, The Juilliard School, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and New York University. He is Founder and Director of The New York Conducting Studio; his students conduct major and regional orchestras, on Broadway, and attend America’s most prestigious music conservatories.
For four seasons Mr. Fagin’s arrangements were broadcast weekly on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on American Public Radio. He has orchestrated music for the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Sandy Duncan, Tom Chapin and for recordings by Rob Fisher & The Coffee Club Orchestra and The Manhattan Rhythm Kings. Mr. Fagin’s Edition of Kurt Weill’s Happy End is published by European American Music. Peer Southern Concert Music publishes his Rag Concertina, and arrangement of three rags for piano solo and orchestra. His transcriptions of works by Duke Ellington are available through The Smithsonian Jazz Anthology. As a cellist and bassist he recorded with the folk musician Bill Crofut.
As a Conductor -
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra 2008 - present
Bucks County Symphony Music Director 2002 - present
New Jersey Ballet Guest Conductor 1997 - present
“The Birds” Alfred Hitchcock, Un-Slent Film Night, The New School, 2016
“Speedy” Harold Lloyd, Un-Slent Film Night, The New School, 2015
Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra Music Director 2002 – 2008
Korean National Symphony Guest Conductor 1999
Concordia Orchestra Guest Conductor 1998
Metropolitan Orchestra Of New Jersey Music Director 1991 – 1998
Rockland County Bicentennial Pageant Conductor 1998
Quad City Symphony Guest Conductor 1997
Chicago String Ensemble Guest Conductor 1997
New World Symphony Guest Conductor 1995
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor 1994
Seoul Symphony Of New York Guest Conductor 1994
Hofstra University Symphony Orchestra Conductor 1993 – 94
Eugene Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor 1992
Putnam Symphony Orchestra Music Director 1989 – 93
New York City Inter-School Orchestras 1988 – 92
Norwalk, Ct Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra 1987 – 90
University Of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra 1982 – 84
Happy End (Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill) Lou Jacob, Director; The New School, New York City, 2015
The Threepenny Opera (Bertlot Brecht/Kurt Weill) Mark Hardy, Director; Montclair University, New Jersey, 2014
The Threepenny Opera (Bertlot Brecht/Kurt Weill) Martha Clarke, Director; Atlantic Theater Company, Off-Broadway, 2014
Hester Prynne At Death (Terry Quinn/Steven Paulus) Ben Levit, Director; 92nd Street Y, 2004
Charlotte: Life or Theater? (Elise Thoron/Gary Fagin) Ted Sperling, Director; Prince Music Theater, 2001
Running Man (Cornelius Eady/Dierdre Murray) Diane Paulus, Director; Lenox Arts Center, 2000
You Don't Miss The Water (Cornelius Eady/Dierdre Murray) Evan Yionoulis, Director; Vineyard Theater, 1997
The Three Penny Opera (Bertlot Brecht/Kurt Weill) John Dexter, Director; Lunt–Fontaine Theater, Broadway, 1989
The Seven Deadly Sins (Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill) Alvin Epstein, Director; American Repertory Theatre, 1981
Berlin Requiem (Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill) Travis Preston, Director; American Repertory Theatre, 1981
Happy End (Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill) Walt Jones, Director; American Repertory Theatre, 1980
Mahagonny (Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill) Keith Hack, Director; Yale Repertory Theatre, 1979
Question of Place: Bertolt Brecht John Madden, Director; National Public Radio, 1978
The 1940's Radio Hour (Walt Jones) Walt Jones, Director; Yale Repertory Theatre, 1978
A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare/Henry Purcell) Alvin Epstein, Director; Yale Repertory Theatre, 1976
Dynamite Tonight (Arnold Weinstein/William Bolcom) Alvin Epstein, Director; Yale Repertory Theatre, 1975