Gabriela Garza Canales (born July 1st, 1989, Monterrey, Nuevo León) is a Mexican conductor and percussionist. She is currently in her first year of doctoral studies at the University of Washington under the mentorship of David Alexander Rahbee and Ludovic Morlot.
She is currently co-conductor of the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras, and assistant conductor to the UW Symphony Orchestra.
Gabriela holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of New Mexico, under the mentorship of Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez.
She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance, with emphasis in Percussion from the University of New Mexico, under the direct instruction of Professor Scott Ney.
In addition, during the summer of 2016, Gabriela attended the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where she was able to study from renowned conductors Victor Yampolsky and Erin Freeman.
Over the past couple of years, Gabriela has conducted multiple community orchestras, university ensembles, chamber groups, concerto competitions and opera performances. She has guest conducted for several orchestras in New Mexico like the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony of Albuquerque.
As a percussionist, Gabriela has performed in a wide variety of ensembles, such as wind ensembles, symphony orchestra, steel band, Mexican marimba bands, Latin groups, and world-percussion groups. Additionally, she has also attended clinics and lessons with renowned percussionists and artists, among them Valerie Dee Naranjo, Janis Potter and Bernard Purdie.