Gail Schechter is an active, avid clarinetist. She performs with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra and is an occasional member of the Savoyaires, the Evanston-based Gilbert & Sullivan group. She also plays chamber music as a member of the Evanston and the North Shore Music Clubs and regularly returns to the annual Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop in Weston, Vermont.
In the past, she was a member of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra, the Northshore Concert Band, the Highland Park Symphonic Winds, and the Ridgeville Band. She was a member of the New York All-City High School Band, the only student from Hunter College High School.
She had "five minutes of fame" adapting a piece composed by Alec Wilder for a celebration of his centenary at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, IL on August 3, 2007. This musical event was organized by Richard Wyszynski, a friend of Wilder and a flutist, conductor, and lecturer in classical music. Her performance of "Air for English Horn" (1945) was recorded and can be heard here.
In advance of the Wilder retrospective, Mr. Wyszynski and Gail were interviewed by WBEZ, "Celebrating the UnSung," and on Andrew Patner's show "Critical Thinking" on the Chicago classical music station, WFMT.