CCMF clarinetist Jesse Gilday’s artistry has been described by the South Florida Classical Review as “carefully and beautifully shaped” and “precise.” Originally from Troy, NY, Dr. Gilday performs in Florida with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Miami Lyric Opera, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles following his time in New York City as a freelance clarinetist. He performed on the 2018 Latin Grammy-nominated Sony/ATV Latin recording of Jorge Mejia’s An Open Book: A Memoir in Music.
Dr. Gilday is the clarinetist for the NODUS Ensemble, the faculty contemporary ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University. He is a teaching artist at Miami Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired non-profit organization advocating social change through music. During the summer, Dr. Gilday also serves as faculty at Killington Music Festival in Vermont and regularly performs at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest.
Dr. Gilday earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Miami – Frost School of Music and holds degrees from New York University, Baylor University, and Gordon College. He is a five-time world-qualifying Irish dancer and site director of the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance – Miami.