A native New Yorker, Principal Lockley graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Stephen F. Austin State University and completed coursework for his doctorate degree (ADB) at Nova Southeastern University. Before becoming SAA’s principal, he was an award-winning elementary, middle, and high school principal in Texas and North Carolina. In Georgia, he’s been recognized by the Georgia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as the 2012 Outstanding High School Principal for his service at Savannah Arts. No stranger to the performing arts himself, Gif has performed and choreographed musical theater and opera throughout the United States and Europe. He’s staged solo recitals, oratorios and operas throughout England, Scotland and Wales, New York, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and has appeared as a guest performer at the United States Naval Academy.