Justin Gingerich currently holds the position of Grant Specialist with Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tanager Place is a social services organization that provides mental health services for children from economically disadvantaged families. In his position, he manages all aspects of the grant program to secure funding for programming, capital projects and other organizational needs. He also works with the rest of the Advancement team to put on fundraising events and secure major gifts from local funders. Prior to starting his job at Tanager Place in 2018, he was the Institutional Relations Manager at Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At Orchestra Iowa, he was responsible for securing funds through corporate donations, sponsorships and grants. This role was vital to the longevity and financial stability of the orchestra. In addition to his work in nonprofit financial development, Justin teaches private trombone lessons to middle/high school students in the Cedar Rapids metro area and acts as a freelance musician, playing gigs throughout Eastern Iowa. Justin also has experience working with the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa and Hancher, a multi-disciplinary arts presenter, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Prior to starting his career, Justin graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies focusing in Arts Management and a Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate. During his time in Iowa City, he received many prestigious awards including the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship, three time College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship recipient and two time winner of the exclusive Iowa Farm Scholarship. Justin was an Old Gold Scholar and graduated with Honors in Music and University Honors.
Justin played in many of the premiere ensembles at the University of Iowa. These included the University of Iowa Symphony Band, University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Hawkeye Marching Band and the Johnson County Landmark big band. He traveled to and performed at the 2011 International Trombone Festival as a member of the University of Iowa Select Octet. Additionally, Justin was a participant in the 2012 Southeast Trombone Symposium where he spent a week working with the current trombonists of the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony. He was a semi-finalist in the orchestral excerpts competition during the Symposium.
When he is not working in his music roles, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends. He also enjoys Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games, fishing, watching movies, taking photographs and working on the family farm.