Kurt Gilman

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola
Director of String Activities
Office: Simmons Music Building, Room 115
Phone: 409-880-8077
Email: kurt.gilman@lamar.edu


  • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M., Texas Tech University
  • B.M., Eastman School of Music
Kurt Gilman


Kurt A. Gilman served as chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, a post he assumed at the beginning of the 2012 academic year through summer of 2016. He was also conductor and music director of the Lamar Civic Orchestra, a college-community full symphony that he started in the fall of 2008. The LCO performed three concerts per season, ranging from symphony classics to symphony pops venue pieces.

Dr. Gilman began his musical studies on violin in the public school system in South Bend, Ind. He went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in violin performance, and matriculated at the Eastman School of Music. He received a master’s degree in violin performance and literature from Texas Tech University, and a doctorate of musical arts in violin performance from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gilman has studied and performed in master classes with noted teachers Zvi Zeitlin, Leonard Posner, James barber, Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. His participation and leadership in orchestral ensembles includes performances on the East Coast, Mid-West, South and two appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Chuck Mangione studio orchestra.

Locally, Dr. Gilman served as concertmaster of the Beaumont Symphony (now the Symphony of Southeast Texas) for 14 years. He was also concertmaster for many years with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, La., and served as assistant and interim concertmaster with the Lake Charles Symphony. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given numerous performances at Lamar, as well as on tour with the Lamar Trio and as a performing member of Young Audiences of Beaumont.

Prior to his service at Lamar, Dr. Gilman was an adjunct faculty member at Amarillo (Texas) College, instructor at Stephen F. Austin University and assistant professor at Hendrix College in Arkansas. He has two children, Emily, a registered nurse at Christus Hospital - St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, and Grant, director of orchestras at William and Mary College. In his off-time from Lamar, Dr. Gilman is an avid golfer and hiking enthusiast, and enjoys reading a variety of non-fiction and fiction literature.