Dr. Gonzalez is in his third year as the music director at Taylor Middle School. He brings a wealth of diverse educational and musical experiences to his students and music program. He conducts the Jefferson Adult School Community Band and is an adjunct substitute instructor at the College of San Mateo. He recently accepted the position of brass coach for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and teaches private music lessons.
Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2009, Gonzalez has taught music on a part time basis while acting as caregiver for his parents. For 5 years, he was the music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony and was recognized for his work with the orchestra with the title, “Mover and Shaker” by LAM, a SF Latin Community of Professionals. In his quest to raise community music awareness in his hometown, he was featured in a cover story in the April, 2017 issue of the Pacifica Magazine. Each summer, he coaches participants at the Sacramento Conducting Workshop. He has guest conducted for the SF Golden Gate Park Band, the Google Orchestra, Ohlone College Concert Band, the Diablo Valley Concert Band, and has given clinics to numerous school music programs in the Bay Area.
Prior to relocating back to the bay area from Oregon where he was the music director of the Eugene Symphonic Band and taught instrumental music in the Portland area. His previous teaching and conducting experiences include Oregon State University and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. For much of his career, he taught music in public schools and community college in the Sacramento area. Gonzalez has had plentiful experience as conductor, trumpet player, music educator, and adjudicator in California, Arizona, Minnesota, Washington, and Oregon. Since the age of 12, he has performed in community musical groups including bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and chamber ensembles. He has a Bachelors music degree from San Jose State, a Master’s degree in conducting from California State University, Sacramento, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education and Conducting from Arizona State University. His conducting mentors are Robert Halseth, CSU, Sacramento and Gary Hill, Arizona State University. He also enjoyed conducting workshops with Frederick Fennell, Jack Stamp, Eugene Corporon, Allan McMurry, John Whitwell, and David Whitwell.