Gregory Duke

Executive Coordinator

Known for his compassionate dedication, Gregory Duke is a vocalist and music educator born in Austin, Texas. He has shared his passion for music in classrooms across the world and has taught in several countries and states in the US.

In his early years, Gregory’s family was actively involved in the arts. He then was involved in middle school and high school band (Alto Sax) and choir (Tenor). It was during his years as an educator that Greg discovered his interest in working behind the scenes and support young talent and grow young musician into professional musicians. Several of his former students are currently in collegiate and professional music programs throughout the world and a few students are working for professional recording studios.

His career in education began as a teaching assistant in Economics where he was responsible for thousands of students. Mr. Duke has taught choral and instrumental music for ten years with various curriculums in Texas, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hawaii, Arizona, and Connecticut. His passion for aiding others led him toward a position with Family Services where he worked with Residential Youth Offenders. During his time in Mexico, he taught piano as a project for providing education to at risk communities. Mr. Duke became a choir teacher in San Antonio, where he learned and taught the Saxon Curriculum and other STEAM project based-learning. In England, he taught EdExcel and Oxford Music at Key Stage 3, 4, and 5. In Hawaii he taught native ukulele and choir, afterwards received a position teaching Band, Choir, and Technical Theater in Arizona. He has taught Music GCSE and A Levels, Choir, Band, Digital Music, Tech Theatre, Economics, Pre Algebra, and AP Psychology.

Gregory resides in East Lyme with his spouse and an energetic 14-pound dog. He can be seen singing with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus and enjoying a wide variety of activities such as cooking elaborate meals, decorating 3D sculpted cakes, cycling nature trails, camping, hiking, painting, playing table-top/ active games, and get involved in creative projects and extracurricular activities for community growth.

“Music is a powerful communication tool that seems instinctual, described as an internal connection we, as a species, have with universal rhythmic and melodic patterns. Memories can be retrieved with the use of music, without being present during the original encoding. This is caused because it is used as a medium of idiosyncratic expression which continues through oral tradition and survives through social interactions.

This form of creative exploration can assist in motivation, self-identity, sublimation, and other benefits which can be provided to the community. It’s a way to reach out and understand the internal struggles of others, in order to provide help where it is needed. There are cycles within families which can last for generations; and music, if allowed, can provide the hope needed for a better future.”