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Gary L. Hemenway

Choral Director

Northwest Community Gospel Chorus

Appears on: Gospel Christmas with the Oregon Symphony

This is Pastor Hemenway’s 20th season with the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and Gospel Christmas.

He was raised in the small Eastern Oregon town of Pilot Rock where his early musical interest (largely due to his parents influence and am radio) grew to encompass a wide variety of musical styles. He began composing music as a 10-year-old and shortly after discovered Andre’ Crouch and the Disciples, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Temptations. But it was after moving to Portland, Oregon to attend Warner Pacific College that Hemenway saw his abilities expand under the tutelage of Dr. Dennis Plies. With a passion for excellence and a newfound love for many styles of music many doors have been opened to him.

Hemenway’s diverse abilities have allowed him to work in the fields of soundtrack, production, direction, composing/ arranging, teaching, workshops, choral directing, & live performance work. His work has appeared throughout the world in Nike & Avia videos and events, and at the World Olympics. His live performance work has taken him throughout the U.S., South Pacific, Europe and Asia.

His other credits include Walla Walla Symphony, McCall Summerfest, Weiden & Kennedy, Newton & Bard Studios, Will Vinton Studios, Scream Music, Kung Fu Bakery Studios, The Portland Rose Festival, The Oregon Symphony (David Byrne, Gospel Christmas, Rufus Wainwright, Byron Stripling, Carmen Bradford, Ted Louis Levy, Roberta Flack), and The Heritage Singers. His greatest joy has been found in the people that he has worked with. They include Dr. Charles Floyd, Don Lewis, Scott Steed, Mick Gillette and Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power, Clipper Anderson, Mac Arnold, Graham Lear (Santana), Mark Schulman (Cher, Foreigner), Daniel Cox, Gary Hobbs (Stan Kenton), Anthony Jones (Pink Martini), Clark Bondy, Renato Curanto (Bernard Purdie & Esperanza Spalding), Tim Ellis, Saeeda Wright (Prince & Liv Warfield), Patrick Lamb, Gavin Bondy (Pink Martini), the late Chris Kent, Phil Baker (Pink Martini), Chris Lizotte, Steve Camp, Randy Stonehill, Mark & Sarah McMillan, the late Bruce Carter, and many others.

G. Louis continues to compose vocal, choral and instrumental pieces in every style from classical, and film score, to gospel, jazz, pop, and rock. He frequently enjoys working with schools, colleges, choirs, and churches as a guest musician, clinician, and director. He is currently an Assistant Pastor at The Rock Church in Bridgeport, Texas.

The joy of his life, his wife, Clairece, and three daughters, Sarah, Olivia, and Amelia, are all accomplished artists in their own right.