Gerhard Guter was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. A pianist, trumpeter, and vocalist, he is frequently commissioned to write music for big bands and vocal jazz groups. Gerhard graduated cum laude from the University of Miami (FL) with a degree in music education. He earned his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from California State University Long Beach, where he graduated at the top 1% of his class.
Gerhard co-produced and mixed Vocalogy: Distilled before the group's 2005 International Association of Jazz Education Convention performance. He has scored six short films and one of his orchestral film scores was featured at the Orpheum Theater for the 2004 Ovation Awards. He has orchestrated music for Universal Pictures and for several cruise lines.
Gerhard received a DownBeat Magazine award for Engineered Studio Recording in 2003. His studio work includes production and orchestral arrangements for Crystal Cruises and Microsoft. In 2002, Gerhard directed the Cal State Long Beach Summer Big Band and was honored by the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers for his big band arrangements. He is currently director of the Studio Jazz Band at California State University, Long Beach where he also teaches jazz theory and jazz piano. At Fullerton College, Gerhard is directing Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2 and lecturing courses in Finale and Vocal Styles.
At the college level, Gerhard has taught classes including: The Business of Music, Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Piano, Film Scoring, MIDI, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Big Band, Music Appreciation, and Jazz Improvisation. He has several years of experience directing vocal jazz ensembles, big bands, and wind ensembles. He currently teaches at California State University Long Beach and Fullerton College.