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Gala Flagello


Gala Flagello (b. 1 April 1994) is an American composer, educator, student and nonprofit director.

Gala holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music in Composition degree from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Dorothy Greenwald Graduate Fellowship. Her major composition teachers include Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Erik Santos, Evan Chambers, and Robert Carl.

Gala currently [2021] serves as the composer in residence at Promenade Opera Project (Boston, Mass.) and is the festival director and co-founder of the nonprofit contemporary music festival Connecticut Summerfest.

She was recently commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Hub New Music, the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Mass.), and the Keene State College Concert Band. Other recent accolades include first prize in the 2020 Sinta Quartet Composition Competition and the 2020 Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Prize. In 2017, her piece I Could Fall was selected for the Dulciana Vocal Ensemble (Dublin, Ireland) Call for New Works.

Gala is committed to forging ties with performers and educators alike through intricate collaborative projects. Some of these include Educational New Music for Developing Voices (2017), The Contemporary Solo Horn (2018), and the web-premiere event for her wind quintet Matriarch (2020). Gala strives to use music as a vehicle for social change, frequently engaging with topics such as environmental advocacy, gender equity, and mental health in her work.

Gala Flagello is an educator in the classroom, privately, and as a guest lecturer. She is enthusiastic to help students grow a seed of an idea into a full-length piece, examine repertoire, and incorporate non-musical elements such as visual art and technology into their work. Gala maintains a private studio of composition students at the high school and collegiate level, and serves as the graduate student instructor for the course Creative Composition for Non-Majors at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She has been engaged as a guest lecturer on composition, orchestration, arts administration, and entrepreneurship at institutions such as Central Connecticut State University, Marblehead High School and Middle School, the Young Composers Project, and Nonnewaug High School.

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