Musician and Music Educator

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Gavri Yares (pronounced GAHV-ree YA-res like Paris) has toured, performed, and taught in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Alongside his brother Ami, he performs regularly with their duo The Brothers Yares which explores their Semitic and American roots.


As a musician, Gavri has studied double bass with Ranaan Meyer of Time for Three, Brent Edmondson (Delaware Symphony Orchestra), and Tim Dilenschneider (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). Beyond playing the bass, his wheelhouse includes guitar, mandolin, cello, oud, and a variety of percussion instruments. Some of his past and current music projects and ensembles include Nava Tehila (Jerusalem), Marom Band (Philadelphia), and Sixth & I (Washington, D.C.).


Gavri is a certified public school music teacher and teaches music in Michigan’s Huron Valley School district at Lakewood Elementary School (Grades K-5) and Country Oaks Elementary School (Grade 3). In his classroom, the goal is music literacy where he encourages students in kindergarten through 5th grade to dive into the vast world of music as a performer, creator, and active listener. In addition, Gavri directs Lakewood’s 4th and 5th Grade choirs, and incorporates many hands on opportunities for all ages including Afro-Caribbean drumming, Boomwhackers, ukuleles, and body percussion. Before moving to Michigan, Gavri taught music for seven years at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (MD) where he created the school’s string orchestra program as well as taught string orchestra in the West Orange Public School district (NJ).


In 2019, the Michigan Youth Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded Gavri an Art Equipment & Supplies grant to purchase percussion instruments to help bring the World Music Drumming curriculum to his students.


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