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Brian Galante to direct choirs at Pacific Lutheran University

April 18, 2008 - Tacoma
Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities at PLU, announced today that the university has hired Dr. Brian Galante as their Associate Director of Choral Activities at PLU.  Brian is presently the interim Associate DCA at Louisiana State University, working with Ken Fulton. 

He has degrees from LSU and a doctorate from North Texas (under Jerry McCoy).  Brian has many years of public school experience in the state of Louisiana, and was ACDA president of that state. 

Nance went on to say, "Brian is an excellent composer, and has a number of published works."

While at Louisiana State University he conducted Schola Cantorum and taught undergraduate Choral Literature and Conducting. Galante received Bachelor of Music Education (1997) and Master of Music (Choral Conducting, 1999) degrees from Louisiana State University, and completed a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting – with a related field in Voice Science and Pedagogy – at the University of North Texas. Previous choral appointments include a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at UNT; Conductor of the 160-voice UNT Men’s Chorus; Conducting Associate of the renowned UNT A Cappella Choir; Director of Choral Music/Coordinator of K-12 Music at Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas; Director of Youth Choirs at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas; Director of Choirs at Episcopal High School and Director of Music at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, both in Baton Rouge.

In addition, Galante has enjoyed success and acclaim as a composer and arranger: his compositions have been performed by professional, collegiate, and advanced high school choirs throughout the United States and Europe, and recorded for commercial release by Centaur Records.

Frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Galante has conducted honor choirs at both the high school and junior high level. In 2007, he served as co-presenter of a two-part workshop, “Tension in the Balance - Voice Science Issues for the Choral Conductor,” at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference.

Galante served as President of Louisiana ACDA from 2001-2003, and remains an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), Louisiana ACDA, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA).



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