Jack Gallagher (composer)

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Jack Gallagher (born June 27, 1947) is an American composer and college professor. His recording, Jack Gallagher: Orchestral Music, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, was released internationally on the Naxos Records label in 2010.[1]

Jack Gallagher at Gault Recital Hall, The College of Wooster, 2008.

Life and career[edit]

Gallagher was born in Brooklyn, New York to John J. and Ethel L. Schaffeld Gallagher. At age 6, he moved with his family to Plainview, New York, where he studied music in the public schools and, privately, accordion and trumpet.[2] He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Hofstra University and Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Cornell University.[3]

Gallagher's principal composition teachers were Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer, and Burrill Phillips; his conducting teacher was Charles Gouse; his piano teachers were Lawrence Schubert, Malcolm Bilson and Noël Lee; his trumpet teachers included Charles Gouse and Allan Dean.[2] Gallagher is the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he was appointed to the faculty in 1977.[4] He was Music Director of the Wooster Symphony in 1985-86.

Performances, Recordings and Broadcasts[edit]

Gallagher's works have been performed or recorded by orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Utah Arts Festival Orchestra, Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Kraków, Kiev Philharmonic, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and performers including the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, pianist Angelin Chang, Trio Terzetto, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan.[5]

Gallagher's print editions are published by Editions Bim (Vuarmarens, Switzerland), Kalmus Masters Music Publications, Lawson-Gould, Manduca Music, The Brass Press, and The Piano Teachers' Press. His compositions, included on fourteen published compact discs on the Naxos Records, Musical Heritage Society, Vienna Modern Masters, ERMMedia, Summit Records, Capstone Records and Altissimo labels, have been broadcast by more than 100 classical radio stations in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Vienna, Austria.[6]

Gallagher has taught composition, orchestration, counterpoint, 20th-century music theory and trumpet at The College of Wooster since 1977. His composition students include 2011 McKnight Foundation Fellowship-winner Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Hennagin Prize-winner Christopher Palestrant, five-time ASCAP Morton Gould Award-winner Ryan Gallagher, Marshall Scholarship-winner Rachel Kincaid, and S. Alexander Reed, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Florida.[7]

Gallagher's trumpet students include Amanda Bekeny, primary trumpet teacher at The Ohio State University, John Schuesselin, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Mississippi, Zachary Lyman, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Pacific Lutheran University, Brian McCreath, former Principal Trumpet, Milwaukee Ballet, Susan Sievert Messersmith, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Eric Knorr, Principal Trumpet of the Air Force Band of Flight, and Timothy McCoul of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.[8]



  • Symphony No. 2 (2012)
  • Sinfonietta for string orchestra (1990/2008)
  • A Quiet Musicke (1996)
  • The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) (1995)
  • Symphony in One Movement: Threnody (1991)
  • Diversions Overture (1986)
  • Berceuse (1977)

Wind Ensemble[edit]

  • A Psalm of Life (1997/2008)
  • Proteus Rising from the Sea (1994)
  • The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam: Brian Israel) (1989)
  • Diversions: Triptych for symphonic band (1985)
  • Mist-Covered Mountain (Fantasy for Symphonic Band on a Scottish Pipe Tune) (1982)


  • Dance No More (2005), for a cappella S.A.T.B. chorus
  • Springsong (2004), for S.S.A. chorus and piano
  • Song of the Daffodils (1998), for unison treble chorus and piano
  • To Those Who've Fail'd (1983), for a cappella S.A.T.B. chorus
  • Three Wordsworth Poems (1982), for S.A.T.B. chorus and piano
  • Elegy (1981), for a cappella S.A.T.B chorus
  • Invocation (1980), for a cappella S.A.T.B. chorus


  • Danse Ancienne (2011) for flute, viola and double bass
  • Remembrance of Robin (2008/2010) for trumpet in C and piano
  • Twin Spirits (2009) for two trumpets and piano
  • Intimations of Finzi (2004/2005) for clarinet and piano
  • Duo for Two Cellos (2004/2008)
  • Exotic Dances (1996) for violin and piano
  • Stanfare (1996) for eight trumpets and timpani
  • Heritage Music (1988) for violin, cello, piano and horn
  • Celebration and Reflection (1987) for brass quintet
  • Capriccio for Two Trumpets (1984)
  • Resonances (1983) for four trumpets
  • Variations for Cello and Piano (1973)
  • Ancient Evenings and Distant Music (1971) for woodwind quintet
  • Toccata for Brass Quintet (1970)


  • Let Me Make Songs (2007), for soprano, trumpet and piano
  • Darest Thou Now, O Soul (1983), for soprano, cello and piano
  • Three Songs of Love, Joy and the Beauty of Night (1975), for high or low voice and piano


  • Aflame (2010), for viola
  • Malambo Nouveau (2000/2009), for piano
  • Sonata Breve (1981/99), for trumpet
  • Evening Music (1998), for piano
  • Six Pieces for Kelly (1989), for piano
  • Three Little Waltzes and Pastorale (1984), for piano
  • Sonata Breve (1981) for tuba
  • Sonata (1979), for trumpet
  • Six Bagatelles (1978), for piano
  • Nocturne (1976/2008), for piano
  • Sonatina (1976/2008), for piano
  • Sonata (1973/2008), for piano


  • 2007: Producer for TNC Records' Grammy Award-winning recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques [9]
  • 2005: College of Wooster Henry Luce III Award for Distinguished Scholarship
  • 1999: Featured guest composer, 37th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas [10]
  • 1997: Exotic Dances for violin and piano nominated by editor of American Music magazine for the Pulitzer Prize in music
  • 1996: Ohio Music Teachers Association "Composer of the Year"
  • 1996: Composer Residency, Charles Ives Center for American Music
  • 1995: Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
  • 1988: Meet the Composer grant.
  • 1987: First Prize, Virginia chapter, College Band Directors National Association Symposium for New Band Music.
  • 1994: Associate Fellow, Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • 1984: Composer Residency, the Yaddo Corporation
  • 1983: Composer Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts


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