EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Marc Gordon served as English horn soloist and oboist with the St. Louis Symphony from 1972-2005. He performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in that position replacing the retiring CSO English horn soloist until 2008 and then with the San Diego Symphony in the same capacity for the 2008-2009 season. Marc has been an active chamber music performer and teacher. In addition to his musical background, Marc has extensive experience in the business world. As former President of St. Louis based AAM Recordings, he has been responsible for client development and relations, graphic design, insert layout and distribution services, as well as successfully negotiating an exclusive licensing agreement with Sony/BMG Music Entertainment. He has served on the Board of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and served on numerous committees within that organization.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – James Wehrman brings a broad range of proficiencies to CMSSL and is an integral part of the organization. He is active in just about every facet of day-to-day administration and concert activity, from communication with musicians and website maintenance to preparing grant applications and lending his computer skills to various projects. A part of the musical community in the St. Louis area since the early 1980’s, Jim was a member of the St. Louis Symphony horn section until 2013. He also served several years as the orchestra’s Assistant Personnel Manager. Before coming to St. Louis, he was a professor of music at the University of Nebraska, and has continued his teaching as an adjunct music instructor at two local universities. In addition, Jim continues his wide-ranging pursuit of musical activities as a member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood and as the conductor of the AIM Band, a community band dedicated to raising funds for the Kirkwood schools music programs.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION – Cellist and educator Davin Rubicz began his studies in early childhood with the Suzuki method. After attending the Indiana String Academy, ENCORE School for Strings, and Music Academy of the West intensive summer music training programs, he went to the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University, studying with Richard Aaron and Norman Fischer and completing a BM and MM in cello performance. During his college years, Davin spent his summers at the Spoleto Music Festival (Italy), Taos School of Music, and Aspen Music Festival.
As an educator, Davin has a cello studio in St. Louis and has held teaching positions in the preparatory departments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University. He was on faculty at the Mercer School of Music, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki program, and has also been invited to teach Richard Aaron’s studio at the University of Michigan. Most recently, he was the artistic director of the Prep Department at the Community Music School of Webster University where he coordinated chamber music groups and coaching for advanced high school classical musicians in the greater Saint Louis area.
As a performer, Davin held section cello positions with the Kansas City Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured on concert series such as LaJolla SummerFest, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Saint Louis, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation series.
Davin is married to violinist Emily Ho and enjoys practicing yoga, growing vegetables, and riding his electric unicycle.