New Faculty: Gabriela Gómez Estévez

Gabriela Gómez Estévez

Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras, Music

Academic focus: 

Orchestral music, conducting, Latin American music 

Current research project: 

My current research focuses on the orchestral works of composer Margarita Luna García, a prominent figure in avant-garde music in the Dominican Republic active in the 20th century. Through this project, I improve public access to Luna García’s oeuvre and promote its study and performance by contextualizing her work as a composer and pedagogue and by creating new performance and audiovisual materials.  

Previous positions: 

  • Research Fellow, Dominican Studies Institute, City University of New York, 2022-2023
  • Teaching Assistant, School of Music, Louisiana State University, 2019-2023 

Academic background: 

  • D.M.A., Orchestral conducting, Louisiana State University, 2023 
  • M.M., Flute performance, Louisiana State University, 2019 
  • B.M., Flute performance and professional music, Berklee College of Music, 2017 

Last book read: 

“The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes 

In your own time/when not working:

I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, trying new recipes or experimenting with ingredients I have available. I find there are many parallels between making music and cooking: both require mastery of technique, they elicit emotional responses, there’s room for improvisation (except in baking!) and both rituals revolve around creating human connection. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, stand-up comedy and home improvement projects. 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: 

Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra! 

What most excites you about Cornell:

I’m excited to get to work with students with diverse backgrounds and interests as it provides a wonderful opportunity for creative and interdisciplinary collaborations. I am looking forward to being part of a community of artists and scholars with a wide range of expertise who push the envelope in their respective disciplines. I am also eager to make some dishes with apples from the Cornell Orchards! 

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