About the Music Director

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Dorothy Gerber Strings Music Director, ​Dr. David Reimer

Dr. David Reimer has been a professional violinist and teacher for more than 25 years.  He comes to the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program from Calvin College, where he was Professor of Violin and Director of String Activities.  During his thirteen years at Calvin College, Dr. Reimer created the highly successful Calvin String Summit summer camp, performed with the Calvin College Orchestra in England and China, and developed a vibrant chamber music program.  During this time, he also performed with area orchestras such as the Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Traverse Symphony and the Baroque on Beaver Island orchestra. He has recently begun playing with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.
Previous teaching posts have included the Omaha Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Connecticut, and the College of DuPage.  Dr. Reimer's students have covered a wide range of ages (6 to 60) and skill levels (beginner to concerto competition winners).  He recently published articles for the College Music Society and the American String Teachers Association and released a CD entitled "Meditatio" in 2010.
Dr. Reimer has enjoyed a variety of performing experiences, including musicals (he performed as concertmaster for "West Side Story" earlier this year) and pops concerts (supporting artists from Bob Hope to Randy Travis).  He has played with many orchestras, including the Virginia Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
With a doctorate in violin from the Ohio State University, Dr. Reimer also studied violin at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He credits much of his passion for violin and the orchestra to his experience in the Omaha Area Youth Symphony.  During his final two years of high school, he was concertmaster, concerto soloist and leader of the OAYS string quartet.