Garry Kvistad earned a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Northern Illinois University, where he studied music, art and physics in the pursuit of building musical instruments.
Garry has served as the timpanist and percussionist with the Chicago Grant Park Symphony, was a summer Tanglewood Fellow and worked as a percussionist with the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra in California. He has been featured in performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic, as well as many other orchestras in North America and Europe. Giri Mekar, the Balinese Gong Kebyar Gamelan ensemble that he formed in 1987, is currently in residence at Bard College in Red Hook, New York.
Garry and his wife, Diane, are active in the Woodstock Community helping to reinforce support for the arts and food and shelter programs. Through their charitable foundation, The Woodstock Chimes Fund, they have assisted artists and humanitarian efforts mostly in the Hudson Valley. They are proud of the attitude their employees take toward these values, as well as the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. 2009 marked the 30th year of Woodstock Chimes, which are now and have always been "Powered by the Wind."