Nancy Galbraith

From Wind Repertory Project
Nancy Galbraith


Nancy Galbraith (b. 27 January 1951, Pittsburgh, Penn.) is an American composer.

Born into a musical family in Pittsburgh in 1951, Nancy Galbraith began piano studies at age four. She later earned degrees in composition from Ohio University and West Virginia University, and continued studies in composition, piano, and organ at Carnegie Mellon University.

Nancy Galbraith is a professor and chair of composition at Carnegie Mellon University, where she holds the Vira I. Heinz Professorship of Music endowed chair. In a career that spans three decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression. Her works have been directed by some of the world's finest conductors, including Gennady Rozhdetsvensky, Mariss Jansons, Keith Lockhart, Sidney Harth, Samuel Jones, and Robert Page. Her compositions are featured on numerous recordings, including four anthologies. With major contributions to the repertoires of symphony orchestras, concert choirs, wind orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists, Galbraith plays a leading role in defining the sound of contemporary classical music.

Nancy Galbraith has achieved international success as a composer of concert band music that is frequently performed by some of the world's finest ensembles, including the Musashino Academy of Music Wind Ensemble (Japan), the Waspik Symphonic Wind Orchestra (the Netherlands), Bispehaugen Ungdomkorps (Norway), and the highly acclaimed North Texas Wind Symphony. Her most popular works for this genre include with brightness round about it (1993), Danza de los Duendes (1996), Wind Symphony No. 1 (1996), and Elfin Thunderbolt (1998) and have together enjoyed over 100 performances in the past decade.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 327-328.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 457.
  • Nancy Galbraith website
  • Nancy Galbraith, Wikipedia Accessed 20 January 2021