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Welcome to the 2018 Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commision (MISTEC) Seminar at NYU Prague - July 8-12, 2018.
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Gary Casity, Jr.

New Visions Charter High School
Music Teacher, Band Director
Greater New York City Area
Gary Casity is the Founding Music Teacher at New Visions Charter High School in Queens, NY, where he established a music program consisting of AP Music Theory, Band, Chorus, and Music Technology. From 2015 to 2017, he was part of the Lincoln Center Scholars Program, and he participated in the year-long Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop. He is also an Amp Up NYC Certified Teacher. Mr. Casity holds New York State and Connecticut Educator Certification in Music (K-12).
Mr. Casity is committed to bridging divides through music. To further this aim, he was awarded a Fund For Teachers fellowship for study and travel during the summer of 2018. Using the Silk Road as a unifying concept, he will participate in the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop near Indianapolis; explore artistic masterpieces of Rome; and serve as an international delegate at the Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission in Prague, to increase students’ intercultural understanding through world music.
Mr. Casity's musicianship is informed by a wealth of professional conducting experience, most notably as Associate Conductor of Sarasota Opera (24 fully-staged performances per year). He has worked as conductor and pianist for organizations such as Opera New Jersey, Opera Southwest, Opera in the Ozarks, Mercury Opera, Commonwealth Opera, dell’Arte Opera, Vertical Player Repertory, and City College of San Francisco. As an instrumental conductor, Mr. Casity has conducted the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, Waco Symphony, and Baylor University Symphony.
Mr. Casity has received degrees in music performance, conducting, and music education, reflecting his passions in each of these disciplines. He studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Alexander Jimenez and Stephen Heyde, band conducting with Dr. Kevin Sedatole, and choral conducting with Dr. Ronnie Oliver and Dr. Donald Bailey. He was a piano scholarship recipient of the 2004 Aspen Music Festival and School, and a winner of the 2008 Kern Grant for Opera Artists.