Rick Gaynor received his B.S. in Music from UW-River Falls where he studied with James Gauthier and David Herring. He received his M.M. in Trombone Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers included Cleveland Orchestra trombonists Ed Anderson and Tom Klaber. He also spent a summer participating in the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, where he studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Gaynor is an active performer in the Twin Cities area. He has performed hundreds of concerts with Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and has also performed in top Broadway musicals, including nearly 150 performances of The Phantom of the Opera. He can be heard on numerous recordings including the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble's (I.C.E.) I Dig, Innova 548, and the Nike Michael Jordan XX2 commercial (Mozart Requiem with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). He has performed with many of the world's leading conductors, musicians, and entertainers, and performances have taken him to leading venues, including London's Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival and New York's Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra.
He has soloed with the UW-River Falls Wind Ensemble, UW-River Falls Symphony Orchestra, Phipps Center Orchestra, at the International Trombone Association Conference, and as a clinician for the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference. He recently performed the Continental Concerto for Bass Trombone and Concert Band by Gregory Fritze with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble.
Professor Gaynor serves in similar academic positions at UW-River Falls and Macalester College. He lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, with his wife Patti and is a proud parent of four adult children.
Faculty member since 2020
- B.S. Music, UW- River Falls
- M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music