Gregory Dugan became a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1979. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Dugan earned a B.M. degree from Indiana University. His major teachers included Murray Grodner and Robert Hladky. Before coming to Indianapolis, he was principal contrabass of the National Symphony of Costa Rica.
Dugan has held faculty positions at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Ohio University, Indiana State University, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, the Congress of Strings sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians and currently teaches at DePauw University. He spent two seasons on sabbatical from the Symphony in order to act as principal contrabass with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (1989-91) and has also served as guest principal contrabass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1993) and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (1996). He is principal contrabass of the Oregon Coast Festival of Music.
Dugan plays chamber music as a member of OuterBass, a contrabass quintet. He has served the Orchestra in the Artists in Schools program, a section coach for the Side by Side concert, a member of the Orchestra Committee and was the 2002 winner of the Patch Leadership Award. Away from music he spends time hiking, traveling and railroading. Married to a microbiologist, he is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity of Indianapolis.
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