Daniel Gallagher, flutist and graduate teaching associate in the School of Music
Daniel Gallagher, flutist and graduate teaching associate in the School of Music


The National Flute Association’s Young
Artist Competition is a pretty big competition in the U.S., and I was
selected as third prize winner in the competition. So I like playing all kinds
of music you know from Baroque, so really old music to classical, so think Mozart, Romantic, so Beethoven; Rachmaninoff. And I really
enjoy — I kind of specialize in — more contemporary music, so music by living
composers or from the 20th century in general there’s a lot of really
interesting sounds that composers are exploring so some kind of untraditional
things, like pitch bends and Porter tones and just weird
sound effects you can make with the flute. The School of Music here, we’re fortunate
to have you know very diverse faculty from very rich backgrounds musically;
they’ve done lots of different things, so I feel like I have a lot of different
perspectives to learn for you know whether it’s in Chamber Music
Groups, I have a lot of opportunities to play chamber music. I have a lot of
performance opportunities in large ensembles, as well. I’m playing in a large
ensemble you know every day of the week which is a great opportunity to develop my
consistency as a player and be working with real breathing musicians
every day. I just love music. Of course for me you know I get to be who I want to be.
Nobody is telling me ‘You have to do this, you have to do this,
you have to do this to graduate.’ I get to express my creativity and expression and my inner passions through my art form.

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