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Galbraith: Composer’s Corner Q & A

Today’s edition of “Composer’s Corner” features Nancy Galbraith — composer, performer, educator, lecturer, and clinician. The Pittsburgh-native’s large body of music has been performed in the United States, Europe, and South America. Her rich harmonic textures, rhythmic vitality, emotional depth, and wide range of expression have been described by critics as “impressive,” “reflective,” “formidable” “rewarding,” […]

Galbraith: A Genuine & Beautiful Piece

On December 14, pianist Sung-Im Kim joins the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh for the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Commissioned by the orchestra, the three-movement, 18-minute work was written for Kim, who has previously performed the composer’s music. Edward Leonard conducts the premiere. Edward Leonard comments. “We are delighted to work […]

Galbraith: A Piece that Does It All

“Nancy Galbraith’s A Festive Violet Pulse is a piece that does it all.” James Welsch, music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, opines as the ensemble prepares for its November 11 performance at El Paso’s Chavez Theater. Galbraith’s three-minute piece was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to welcome its then-new music director, Mariss […]

Galbraith: A Fun Piece to Play

“Nancy Galbraith’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is a fun piece to play.” On June 9, soloist Eric Fung premieres Galbraith’s new Piano Sonata No. 2 at Lebanon Valley College (Anneville, PA). The three-movement, 15-minute work was commissioned by the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association State Conference, which will feature the first performance. Fung continues. “The […]

Galbraith: In Constant Motion

“Nancy Galbraith’s Missa Mysteriorum is a choral score in constant motion.” — Adam Waite On April 30, Adam Waite — Minister of Music, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church — leads the orchestral premiere of Galbraith’s Missa Mysteriorum in Denver, CO. Originally scored for SATB choir and wind ensemble, Missa Mysteriorum (Mass of the Mysteries) is a […]

Galbraith: Groovy and Acrobatic

“I consider it an enormous privilege to bring to life the groovy and acrobatic music of Nancy Galbraith.” On the eve of the February 8 world premiere of Galbraith’s Violin Concerto No. 1, soloist Alyssa Wang introduces us to the composer’s newest orchestral work. Daniel Nesta Curtis leads the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble (Pittsburgh, PA) […]

Galbraith: Inspired by Her Music

  “I’ve known Nancy Galbraith for over two decades, beginning as a high-school composition student; and I have  been continually inspired by her music.” So notes conductor Maria Sensi Sellner on the eve of Resonance Works’ (Pittsburgh, PA) September 23 performance of Galbraith’s Effervescent Air, and the world premiere of the new orchestral version of […]

Galbraith: Full of Rhythmic Energy

On June 20, organist David Goode premieres Nancy Galbraith’s new work Sing with all the Saints in Glory. Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Sing with all the Saints in Glory part of the AGO’s commissioning project to create new organ works based on familiar hymns. The hymn text “Sing with All the […]

Galbraith: An Obvious Choice

  April 2016 brings three world premieres for Nancy Galbraith. On the 10th, the HoodleBug Brass ensemble joins the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic for the first performance of Galbraith’s Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra. Commissioned by both organizations, the work is a tribute to the city of Pittsburgh and its historic standing in the American […]

Galbraith: Such a Thrill

This past summer, Nancy Galbraith’s chamber piece Midnight Stirring premiered at the National Flute Association Convention. This fall, the work receives another premiere — this time in its new chamber orchestra version performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. Music director Edward Leonard leads the ensemble on October 1 at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. […]

Galbraith: A Stunning Addition

On August 15, the Columbia Flute Choir presents the world premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s new work Midnight Stirring. Commissioned by the ensemble, the one-movement, seven-minute work will be featured during the 2015 National Flute Association Convention (NFA) in Washington, DC. Sharyn Byer, the ensemble’s music director, comments, “Columbia Flute Choir is delighted to be premiering […]

Galbraith: A Great Fan

On March 28, Nancy Galbraith’s new setting of The Passion According to Saint Matthew receives its world premiere in Pittsburgh, PA, when the Maestri Singers join the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Octave. Written in two parts, the composer’s new 60-minute oratorio features tenor and mezzo-soprano soloists, SATB chorus and small orchestra. Galbraith’s Passion […]

Galbraith: “March Madness” & More!

“March Madness” is here and Nancy Galbraith’s calendar is full! There’s so much happening this month including a world premiere. Strange Travels — Galbraith’s new chamber orchestra work — premiered on March 1st as Daniel Nesta Curtis conducted the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble. “The title,” Galbraith explains, “alludes to the sensation of motion imparted […]

Galbraith: Fresh, Authentic and Fun

“The snowfall is so silent,  so slow, bit by bit, with delicacy it settles down on the earth and covers over the fields…”  This opening line of Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno poem captured Nancy Galbraith’s imagination, and serves as the inspiration for her new choral piece Three Poems of Miguel de Unamuno. Commissioned by […]

Galbraith’s Tremendous Impact

This February, Nancy Galbraith will be honored by her alma mater Ohio University, and her new dance collaboration “Whispers of Light” premieres in Pittsburgh with the Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. “We are so excited to welcome Nancy back on campus in celebration of her music and career,” notes Dr. Andrew Trachsel, Ohio University Director of Bands […]

Nancy Galbraith: “Sparkling” and Full of Life

“Nancy Galbraith’s Effervescent Air is a piece that has her musical signature all over it: exciting and full of life.” Pianist Luz Manriquez introduces the composer’s new chamber work for amplified Baroque flute and amplified piano, with accompanying strings and two percussion players. The three-movement, 15-minute piece premieres on November 18th in Pittsburgh, as Manriquez […]

Galbraith’s Melodic and Nostalgic Side

Nancy Galbraith has enjoyed a long career at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music in Pittsburgh, PA. This fall, she celebrates the school’s centennial with the premiere of her new piece Euphonic Blues. Galbraith-colleague Ronald Zollman conducts the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra in the work’s first performance on September 16. “[When I was working on] […]

Galbraith: FEBRIS VER (Spring Fever)

Concert: Galbraith: FEBRIS VER (Spring Fever) Date: 2012-09-30 Location: Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble Concert Information: Thomas Thompson, conductor Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland) • Pittsburgh, PA No related posts.

Nancy Galbraith’s Four Nature Canticles

Can We Sing that Again? What do you get when you support new music and foster young musicians? Nancy Galbraith’s Four Nature Canticles. Commissioned in celebration of the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra’s 25th anniversary (NJ), the four-movement, 20-minute work is scored for treble choir and chamber orchestra, and features texts by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, Robert […]

CBNDA Presents Galbraith World Premiere

Aromas, Colors, and Flavors of Spring Winter’s finally here, and like many of us right now, Nancy Galbraith has a bit of spring fever. But, unlike the rest of us, hers will be cured on February 18th when the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Indiana, PA) premieres her new band piece Febris Ver (“Spring […]

European Premiere of Nancy Galbraith Orchestral Work this Summer

European Premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s De profundis ad lucem in the Netherlands July 2, 2011 will feature the European premiere of De profundis ad lucem, a one movement orchestral work by Subito composer Nancy Galbraith. This 20-minute piece will be performed by the Limburg Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands, and will be conducted by Ed […]