Hailed in the Milwaukee Sentinel for “hauntingly pure tone and perfect intonation”, Gail Lehto Zugger is highly regarded as a clarinetist and teacher.
Dr. Zugger is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. Having joined the faculty in 1999, she teaches applied clarinet, directs the Clarinet Choir, coaches student wind chamber groups and teaches woodwind methods. In addition, she teaches during summers at the International Music Camp near Dunseith, ND. An active clinician, Dr. Zugger has given clinics at the Eastern Division MENC conference in Providence, RI and at state MENC clinics in Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Minnesota.
As a performer, Gail has been active as a soloist, recitalist and orchestral performer. She has appeared as soloist with the Capital University/Bexley Community Orchestra, Westerville (OH) Community Band, Westerville (OH) Symphony Orchestra and Capital University Symphonic Winds, and performed in recital at the 1998 International Clarinet Association. She has performed in recital at Miami (OH) University, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Old Dominion University, Eastern Michigan University, and McNeese State University. With fellow Capital faculty member Dr. Lisa Jelle, (link to her Capital page) Dr. Zugger formed the Inspirare Duo, which recently commissioned and premiered Mark Flugge’s Tranquillo e Inspirare for flute, clarinet and jazz piano. She is also a member of the Capital Winds Faculty Wind Quintet. She can be heard in recording on Thomas Zugger’s Dances and Dreams: Recital Music for Trombone on the Mark Records label (www.markcustom.com), and on Star Dawn, featuring music of Alan Hovhaness with trombonist Christian Lindberg and the OSU Concert Band on the Delos label.
Zugger is currently principal clarinet of the Newark-Granville (OH) Symphony Orchestra and second clarinet of the Ashland (OH) Symphony Orchestra. She has played with the Columbus, Roanoke (VA), Richmond (IN) and Lancaster (OH) symphony orchestras as well as the CAPA Broadway Show Series. She has performed with such noted popular artists as James Taylor, The Moody Blues, Michael McDonald and Joel Grey.
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Dr. Zugger received in 2005 the “Graduate of Distinction” award from Racine William Horlick High School. She holds degrees from University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and The Ohio State University. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association and a regular contributor to their quarterly publication The Clarinet. Her former teachers include James Pyne, Russell Dagon and Jack Snavely. Her hobbies include running, having finished 5 marathons and 19 half marathons, traveling and cooking. She is married to Dr. Thomas Zugger, and is overjoyed at the arrival of their son, Nathan, on April 20, 2010.