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Donavon Gray, DMA

Associate Dean and Professor, School of Music
Director of Winds, Brass, and Percussion
Director of Graduate Music Education
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3585
Alternate: (909) 596-9390
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Donavon Gray, DMA, has been a part of the APU community since 1991, and has developed the APU instrumental program to include two wind ensembles, a marching band, a handbell choir, and 12 chamber groups. In addition to directing winds, brass, and percussion studies, he directs the Wind Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and university musicals, and teaches instrumental conducting and graduate music education. Prior to his work at APU, he taught at Biola University and Cerritos College, and served as director of bands at Valley Christian Schools in Cerritos, California. Gray has been a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician throughout the United States, and is minister of music at Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower, California. He also freelances as a professional trumpet player.


DMA, Music Education, University of Southern California
M.A., Music Education, University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Music Education, Dordt College


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Graduate Music Education
  • Instrumental Conducting

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Soloist, Norway, Sweden, Russia

Organizer and Clinician, APU Handbell Festival, Bellflower, California

Member, Windsong Symphony Orchestra tour, Greece

Contractor and Trumpet Player, Music Theatre of Southern California, over 50 musicals

Clinician, Association of Christian Schools International, Murietta, California

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Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Conductor of Wind Ensemble and Handbell Choir, Azusa Pacific University, 1991-present

Director of Winds, Brass, and Percussion Studies, Azusa Pacific University, 1991-present

Conductor of Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band, Cerritos College

Music Education Coordinator/Supervisor, Biola University

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Minister of Music, Bethany Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, California, 1998-present

Minister of Music, New Life Community Church, Artesia, California, 1992-1998

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Pi Kappa Lambda
Phi Mu Alpha
Who’s Who in Teaching, 2002

Associations, Boards, Committees
Chairperson of the Workload and Compensation Council, Azusa Pacific University
Member of General Studies Council, Azusa Pacific University