Awards Received & Education



  • Multitude of 1st place Class A State of Wisconsin Music Awards
  • 1st Place State of Wisconsin Forensics Award
  • 1966 John Philip Sousa Band Award
  • 1966 Full Tuition Scholarship - Northwestern University
  • 1974 Teaching Assistantship and Conductor - Northwestern University Repertory Orchestra
  • 1993 Joey Video Award for Jolt video


  • 1966 - 1971   Bachelor of Music Education - Northwestern University, Full Tuition Scholarship
  • 1974 - 1975  Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting - Northwestern University
  • 1978 -1979 Credits toward advanced degree and Assistant Choral Director at San Francisco State University

Primary Teachers

  • Margaret Hillis (Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus)
  • Bernard Rubenstein (Conductor Laureate of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Music Director of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra)
  • John P. Paynter (Conductor of Bands at Northwestern University)
  • Frank Crisafulli (Trombonist in the Chicago Symphony)
  • Byron McGilvray (Head of Choral Department at San Francisco State University)
  • Jay Main (Trombone and school teacher in Janesville, Wisconsin)

Other Instruction and Master Classes

Maestro Gibson has had master classes with Georg Solti and Carlo Maria Giulini working with the Chicago Symphony, Neville Marriner with the Los Angles Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman at San Francisco State University, and Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) with the Denver Symphony. He studied orchestral conducting with Bernard Rubenstein (NU), John Miller (Denver Sym.), and Lazlo Varga (SFSU); instrumental conducting from John Paynter (NU); and choral and orchestral conducting with Margaret Hillis (Chicago Symphony Chorus) – 2 years independent study, D-99 at NU.


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Michael Gibson
John Philip Sousa Award for Michael Gibson
Bachelor Degree for Michael Paul Gibson
Masters Degree for Michael Paul Gibson
Edward kennedy Letter to Michael Gibson
Michael Paul Gibson age 3

Michael at age 3