Gary Atkins is a composer, guitarist, keyboardist, arranger, orchestrator, copyist, and computer specialist who has worked in theatre, television, film and multimedia .
Currently, Gary is the Technology Co-ordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). As a Sibelius “Ambassador,” Gary travels to trade shows and educator conferences across the continent to demonstrate the Sibelius software for teachers and other educators. He is a Logic 9 Master trainer, a Logic X trainer and Canada’s only Certified Sibelius trainer. He is highly regarded as a trainer, and has been sought after by award winning composers such as Herbie Hancock (Jazz Musician), Joe Sealy (Jazz Pianist), Glenn Morley (Genie Award winner), David Blumberg (Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, American Idol), Yves Frulla (Celine Dion Band: Keyboard Player), Dave Young (Bass: Oscar Peterson), Tariqh Akoni (Guitar: Josh Groban & Stevie Wonder), Clarence McDonald (James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand), Benjamin Wright (Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson) and others to provide training for individual users and groups on how to use Sibelius and other software.
Gary co-wrote the music for the CTV series Creepy Canada with Martin Deller. He has assisted and acted as copyist for some of Canada’s award-winning composers (John Welsman, Paul Hoffert and Glenn Morley), and created charts for Gino Vannelli’s Summer of 2005 Tour.
In 2007, he became an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is an Apple Consultant.
He is a former faculty member of Humber College’s Music Program. He has also taught music theory, orchestration and film scoring at the Trebas Institute (private college) in Toronto.