2013 - 2014 Katherine Peterson Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient
"I am honored to be receiving the Katherine Peterson Alumni Association Scholarship. This award will be contributing to the success and completion of my Master’s Degree this spring with a lighter financial burden. Thank you to all of my teachers for keeping me inspired and to my family for supporting me through the numerous challenges and obstacles along my college career."
Gary Ortega will complete his MA in Jazz Studies and Music Education this spring. Aside from completing his graduate studies, Gary is an active musician and educator. He does professional freelance music performance as well as private lesson instruction through his own business, G.O Music Co. Currently he is the Band Director at St. Leo the Great Catholic School in San José teaching 3rd - 8th grade instrumental music. This fall he will serve as a teaching associate in the Department of Music and Dance teaching Jazz Improvisation. He is actively involved with San Jose Jazz, a local non-profit organization, and the Alum Rock Jazz program.