JACK GALLAGHER is the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster (Ohio) where he teaches composition, orchestration, music theory, and trumpet. He holds doctoral and master's degrees in composition from Cornell University and the B.A. degree in Music cum laude from Hofstra University. He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips, participated in seminars with Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave, Ned Rorem and Earle Hagen and in masterclasses with Aaron Copland, George Crumb and
His compositions have been performed or recorded by the London Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Kiev Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Utah Arts Festival Orchestra, U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Symphony, Gregg Smith Singers, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, and Miami University (FL) Wind Ensemble. His works are included on twelve published compact discs on the Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Promuse,
and ERM labels.
In January 2009 his Symphony in One Movement: Threnody, Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Diversions Overture and Berceuse were recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta for forthcoming release on the Naxos label.
As producer, his recording for TNC Records of Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony won a 2007 Grammy Award in the classical category "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance
His Exotic Dances for violin and piano was nominated by the editor of American Music magazine for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 1997. Named Ohio Music Teachers Association "Composer of the Year" in 1996, he is listed in the 2003 edition of Who's Who in America.
Broadcasts of his music have been heard over WGBH-FM (Boston), KUSC-FM (Los Angeles), WCLV-FM (Cleveland), WQXR-FM (New York), WNIB-FM (Chicago), WETA-FM (Washington, D.C.), WGUC-FM (Cincinnati), KSGN-FM (Minneapolis/St. Paul), KING-FM (Seattle), KBPS-FM (Portland, OR), WOSU-FM (Columbus), KVOD-FM (Denver), WBHM-FM (Birmingham), KWTU-FM (Tulsa) WNPR-FM (Hartford), WPRB-FM (Princeton), KBSU-FM (Boise), WGTE-FM (Toledo), KVPR-FM (Fresno), Minnesota Public Radio, the Classical Public Radio Network, and other stations. Since 2002 his Berceuse, recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow conducted by Szymon Kawalla, has been broadcast more than 50 times over Radio Stephansdom Klassiksender, 107.3 FM, Vienna, Austria.
He has been the recipient of awards, grants, fellowships, or recognition from the Ohio Arts Council, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, Meet the Composer, the Yaddo Corporation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Petit Jean International Art Song Festival, the Barlow International Composition Contest, the Virginia chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, and The College of Wooster Henry Luce III Award for Distinguished Scholarship. His music is published by Editions Bim (Vuarmarens, Switzerland), Ludwig Music, Lawson-Gould, Manduca Music, The Brass Press, and The Piano Teachers' Press.
He lives in Wooster with his wife and is the father of two grown children.
American composer Jack Gallagher makes his Naxos debut in this Orchestral Music recording by the distinguished London Symphony Orchestra conducted by GRAMMY-winner JoAnn Falletta. Acclaimed by rave reviews in Fanfare magazine as "a most welcome release of some absolutely fantastic music" revealing "a warm-hearted directness that is tremendously engaging," the release was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by GRAMMY-winner Michael Fine. Works include Diversions Overture, Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Symphony in One Movement: Threnody, and Berceuse, cited by Fanfare as "so beautiful it could make you cry." Fanfare noted "the sound is lovely, fully capturing the bloom of that great Abbey Road Studio One. Urgently recommended."
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