JACK GALLAGHER is the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster (OH). He holds doctoral and masters degrees in composition from Cornell University and the bachelors degree cum laude from Hofstra University. He studied composition with Elie Siegmeister, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillips.

In 1997 his Exotic Dances for violin and piano was nominated by the editor of American Music magazine for the Pulitzer Prize in composition. The same year, his The Persistence of Memory was performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In 1996 he was named Ohio Composer of the Year by the Ohio Music Teachers Association.

His compositions, including Symphony in One Movement: Threnody, The Persistence of Memory, and Proteus Rising from the Sea, are included on twelve published compact discs on the Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Promuse, and ERM labels. His Berceuse, recorded by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow conducted by Szymon Kawalla, has been broadcast more than 40 times over Radio Stephansdom Klassiksender, 107.3 FM, Vienna, Austria.

As producer, his production for TNC Records of Messiaen�s Oiseaux Exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony conducted by John McLaughlin Williams won a 2007 Grammy Award in the classical category Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.”

He lives in Wooster with his wife, who teaches piano, and has a daughter and son.