Gregory Vaught

Principal Librarian

Greg Vaught has been principal librarian of the San Antonio Symphony since 1983. Before coming to Texas, he played bassoon in the North Carolina Symphony. He grew up in Boise, Idaho, beginning his music studies on the clarinet before switching to bassoon. He received a degree in bassoon performance from Indiana University as a student of Leonard Sharrow, former principal of the NBC and Chicago Symphonies; Milan Turković of the Vienna Symphony and baroque bassoonist for the Concentus Musicus Wien; and William Waterhouse of the BBC Symphony.

Greg served for three years on the governing board of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA), including a year as president. MOLA’s membership now comprises the performance libraries of 270 orchestras, bands, conservatories, music festivals, and other ensembles throughout the world.

An obsession for detail has led to his editing several publications of orchestra music by the Edwin F. Kalmus Co., including works of Debussy, Griffes, Paganini, Holst (The Planets), and Richard Strauss (Don Quixote).

Greg’s previous employment also includes spraying yards with toxic pesticides, sweeping parking lots, pre-dawn hours stuffing inserts into newspapers, bucking hay bales on an Idaho farm, shoveling piles of lung-clogging wheat chaff, moving sprinkler pipe in vine-tangled potato fields, and two years as an emergency room orderly. In hindsight, all of these can be seen as training for his ultimate occupation as an orchestra librarian.

When not working with music in the library at the Tobin Center, Greg enjoys reading, watching old movies, and exploring the Hill Country.

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