Guild Program: Conducting – The Art of Persuasion, Commanding the Invisible Instrument
Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Dr. Melodie Galloway will give a presentation on the craft of musical conducting, both instrumental and choral, using contemporary examples and techniques. The role women have historically played in the industry will also be discussed, including the work of Nadia Boulanger and Baltimore Symphony’s Marin Alsop.
Melodie Galloway holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, musical theatre, and jazz. Her credits as a conductor include a 2012 Carnegie Hall invited performance featuring 200 singers and orchestra. She led combined choirs and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Krakow) in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living in May 2017 in Vienna, Prague and Salzburg. As the Director of UNCA’s Asheville Singers, she has been invited to perform as part of the Holiday Open House Performances at the White House from 2006-2017, including a private audience with President and Mrs. Obama in 2012. She will be conductor-in-residence in Syros, Greece, for MidAmerica Productions, NY, in 2019. Currently, Dr. Galloway is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she is the Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies. She is in demand as a clinician, conference presenter and consultant for arts advocacy.