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JACK GALLAGHER  

(b 1947 )

JACK GALLAGHER is an American composer of works for orchestra, chorus, band, chamber ensembles, voice and solo instruments. The Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster (Ohio), he holds doctoral and master’s degrees in composition from Cornell University and the bachelor’s degree cum laude from Hofstra University. He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips, participated in seminars with Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave and Ned Rorem, and in master-classes with Aaron Copland and George Crumb.

His works have been performed or recorded by the London Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Kiev Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Symphony, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Grammy® award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, and others.

In Tune magazine called his Symphony in One Movement “enormously inventing.” Of the same work, American Record Guide said “The Gallagher alone is worth the price of this well-recorded disc.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer noted that his music “evokes glowing images” and exhibits “glistening personality.” The Washington Post found his Berceuse “a treat” and “a lovely melodic and accessible work.” His compositions are included on fourteen published compact discs on the Naxos, Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Promuse, Altissimo, and ERM labels.

In 2010 his Symphony in One Movement: Threnody, Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Diversions Overture, and Berceuse, recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, were released on Naxos 8.559652.

Gallagher’s music has been broadcast over WGBH (Boston), KUSC (Los Angeles), WCLV (Cleveland), WQXR (New York), WNIB (Chicago), KING (Seattle), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WGUC (Cincinnati), KSGN (Minneapolis/St. Paul), KBPS (Portland, OR), KVOD (Denver), WBHM (Birmingham), the Classical Public Radio Network, and numerous other stations. Since 2002, his Berceuse, recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow conducted by Szymon Kawalla, has been broadcast 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.

As a producer, his recording for TNC Records of Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC CD 1515) won a 2007 Grammy® Award in the classical category “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.”

He lives in Wooster with his wife and is the father of two grown children. For additional information, please visit: www.JackGallagherMusic.com.


Jack Gallagher Orchestral Music 8.559652 chosen as KBAQ 89.5 FM (Arizona Public Radio) CD of the Week. Hear Music Director Sterling Beaff discuss this album with musical excerpts.


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