Abigayle Gerdes is an instrumental conductor at San Diego State University as well as in the K-12 public schools. Originally from Northwestern Pennsylvania, Abbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from San Diego State University (SDSU).
Professor Gerdes has been the director of the SDSU Concert Band since Spring of 2016. Under her direction the ensemble has performed works by living, BIPOC, and underrepresented composers as well as giving premiere performances of commissioned works for the group.
Abbie teaches full time instrumental music in the Ramona Unified School District where she directs the concert and marching bands. Her students have participated in research studies focused on the effects of mindfulness routines in band rehearsals, the results of which have been published in Applications of Research in Music Education. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is a member of National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors Association, and the California Music Educators Association.
Off the podium Abbie can be found spending time with her husband Michael and doodle Wally.
- M.M. San Diego State University
- B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania