Gail Crosson earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Performance from Northwestern University. After working as a middle school band director for the Wheeling-Buffalo Grove school district, she moved to Elmhurst University, where she teaches applied clarinet, woodwind techniques and is the chair of the woodwinds program. In addition, Gail teaches woodwind fundamentals at Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University.
Gail is also an active freelance musician, having performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Grant Park Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Music Theater Works and Milwaukee Symphony. She has toured Europe with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and toured the United States with Andrea Bocelli. She has played over 250 Nutcracker performances with both the Joffrey Ballet and the Ruth Page Ballet.
As a reed player specializing in flute, clarinet and saxophone, she has performed in more than 300 musical theater productions in the Chicago area with artists including Robert Goulet, Marie Osmond, Georgia Engel and Bea Arthur. As an orchestral player, Gail has worked with The Three Tenors, Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Sheri Lewis and Lambchop! Gail can also be heard in numerous commercial jingles for United Air Lines, Phillip Morris and Sears.