FACULTY BIOS

Todd L. Summers
 is a 1990 graduate of Capital University Conservatory of Music, Columbus, Ohio. He taught instrumental music in Ohio for ten years prior to moving to California.  He has been the Director of Bands at Gunn since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Capital University Conservatory of Music (Ohio) and Master of Arts in Instrumental Conducting from Ohio University.  His primary conducting teachers were Dr. Timothy Swinehart (Capital University Conservatory) and Dr. John Climer (Ohio University).  He studied saxophone with Dr. Jim Carroll and Dr. Matthew James and clarinet with Dr. Rebecca Rischin.  Mr. Summers also received a Masters in Educational Administration in 2003 from Santa Clara University, CA.

Mr. Summers was named Teacher of the Year in June 2010 at Gunn High School and received the California Music Educators Association “Gilbert T. Freitas Outstanding Bay Section Instrumental Teacher of the Year” in 2011.  Mr. Summers served on the board of CMEA Bay Section as President from 2014-2018. Mr. Summers was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor in December of 2017.

Tiffany Ou
 
teaches orchestra at Gunn High School and Fletcher Middle School in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Ms. Ou graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Music Education and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. In the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, she studied viola with Richard O’Neill and performed with the UCLA Philharmonia and chamber ensembles. Ms. Ou received her teaching credential from the UCLA Teacher Education Program. Ms. Ou is currently working toward an M.M. in Music Education at the University of Michigan. She  serves on the boards of the California Orchestra Director's Association and CMEA Bay Section.

Ms. Ou is a Bay Area native and resides in San Francisco, where she is an active string teacher, violist, and vocalist. She has performed with Symphony Parnassus and previously with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to her background as a string player, she is also a lifelong choral singer and pianist. She currently sings with women's vocal ensemble Musae, and was previously the choral director at Fletcher Middle School. Ms. Ou’s musical interests lie in the cross-sections of orchestral development, chamber ensembles, Orff Schulwerk, and composition within the secondary classroom.

Gunn Instrumental Music Office:  650-354-8264
Todd Summers      tsummers@pausd.org
Sandra Lewis         slewis@pausd.org
Tiffany Ou              tou@pausd.org
Shawn McGinn      smcginn@pausd.org
Sandra Lewis resides in San Jose, California with her husband Jason and their two sons. Mrs. Lewis began her musical training at the University of Hawaii where she studied both clarinet and violin and received a Bachelor of Music Degree. She completed a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at San Francisco State University. 

Passionate about chamber music, she was the recipient of the Morrison Chamber Music Fellowship. Participating in this program provided opportunities to train with the Alexander String Quartet known for mentoring aspiring musicians for careers in music. After receiving her Master’s Degree she served as one of three directors at The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson New Hampshire from 1989-2000. In 1999 she went with Apple Hill Chamber Players to Amman, Jordan where they shared their “Playing for Peace” project. She continues to inspire young musicians to play chamber music and provides numerous opportunities for each member of the Gunn Orchestra to participate in chamber ensembles throughout the school year. 

Mrs. Lewis started her tenure with Henry M. Gunn High School in August of 2002. She teaches band and orchestra.  Her groups consistently receive Superior ratings at CMEA festivals and contests. She has performed at the CMEA Bay Section Conference and twice for the CMEA State Conference. Under her leadership, the Gunn Orchestra has collaborated with area high schools to sponsor joint concerts between schools, worked with world class conductors and composers, and performed in Stanford Lively Arts student matinee performances on the Stanford Campus. 

Sandra Lewis was awarded the California Music Education Association Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator of the Year for 2014 at the State Conference in February. She was also awarded the 2014 CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Orchestra Teacher of the Year, which was awarded at the Bay Section Conference on January 11, 2014. 

Shawn McGinn
 
teaches Big Band Jazz and Percussion Ensembles at Gunn. He also teaches Band and Jazz Band at JLS Middle School. Mr. McGinn has a B.A. in Music Education from Gonzaga University, with a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Southern Oregon University. Working previously in Morgan Hill, Mr. McGinn served as the Director of Instrumental Music and VAPA coordinator at the secondary level. He has guest conducted at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and was named Teacher of the Year at his school sites in 2014, and 2018. Mr. McGinn has performed in a variety of ensembles in Japan and Europe. Mr. McGinn is celebrating 20 years in Music Education.

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