This year Professor Daniel Gress announced his retirement from the uOttawa School of Music. He taught many students during his time here as conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir, and as an applied music professor of horn for a number of years. Professor Gress has spent a total of forty-two years teaching music – his reach has been wide, his influence immeasurable and the positive impression he has left on his students and colleagues indelible.
As both the year and his tenure here have been drawing to a close, we have had many opportunities to witness his extraordinary contribution to our school. He conducted the Wind Ensemble concert on November 22nd in a program of some of his favourite works, with a huge crowd of adoring former students in the audience; he was celebrated by his colleagues at our Brass Day on November 24th; and he performed in our annual celebration of the season, the Musical Offering for Christmas on December 4th, conducting the Brass Choir in a heart-warming performance of holiday hits.
Daniel Gress was Principal Horn for the National Arts Centre Orchestra for 25 years before taking on a fuller teaching assignment at the School of Music. His colleagues in the School of Music therefore decided a fitting place to honour him would during our holiday lunch at the NAC restaurant 1 Elgin on December 11th.
We thank Professor Gress for his legacy of teaching music and administrative leadership at uOttawa and wish him continued inspiration and enjoyment in all his retirement endeavours.