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Holy Family College’s Dr. Franklin Gallo Is Named Chamber Ensemble Director by OAKE

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On January 30, 2020


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Holy Family College has long been recognized as a center of excellence in music education, particularly for the Kodály method. Our program’s success is due in large part to the high quality faculty and practitioners who teach and lead the next generation of musicians and music educators in our courses.

One of our esteemed faculty, Dr. Franklin “Frank” Gallo, was recently recognized for his achievements in the field of music education with a role as Chamber Ensemble Director at this year’s Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Conference.

Who is Dr. Gallo?

Dr. Gallo is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Master of Music in Music Education Program at Holy Family College. He also holds positions as the Director of Choral Activities at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Patrick Church in Urbana, Illinois. Dr. Gallo has held faculty positions at DePaul University, the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, and at Shepherd University, teaching courses in musicianship, choral conducting, choral literature, and choral pedagogy, and has served as conductor of various choral ensembles. 

Dr. Gallo holds a B.S. from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, a diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Hungary), and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School (University of Hartford).

Dr. Gallo and the 2020 OAKE Chamber Ensemble

The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) is the membership organization for educators who embrace the Kodály methods for teaching music. It’s goal is “to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.”

OAKE’s annual conference, this year taking place in Portland, Oregon, March 5-8, offers like-minded educators a place to grow, learn, meet new friends, and of course, a place to make music together. The final day is marked by the performances of singers who have been selected to participate in one of four national choirs. These choirs are audition-based and each is led by a nationally renowned conductor.

This year, OAKE has asked our very own Dr. Gallo to lead the Chamber Ensemble, a choir made up of soprano and alto singers selected from the Concert Women’s Choir auditions, and tenors and basses, all in grades 9–12.

Dr. Gallo has a long-standing relationship with the OAKE community of music educators and has contributed much to the field. We are delighted to see him recognized by the OAKE for all he has accomplished. 

We’re also delighted to offer music educators a chance to get to learn from him personally.

Learn from Nationally Recognized Conductor Dr. Gallo in February’s Webinar

Holy Family College's Graduate Music Interview Series February webinar offers you a chance to get practical insights and tips from an experienced musician and music educator.

Join Dr. Gallo for a discussion involving accessible repertoire composed by notable contemporary 21st century composers. He will highlight pieces for elementary, middle and high school levels.  Guidelines for repertoire selection will also be shared.

Graduate Music Interview Series: Dr. Franklin Gallo

Monday, Feb. 4 | 4 p.m. CST

You will have the opportunity to ask live questions during the webinar.

Tap into a Wider Community of Music Educators and Learn from One of the Best

Music is ultimately about community and connection. In an increasingly technological and isolated society, the experience of physical, human connection through dancing, singing, clapping and moving to music is a beautiful thing to learn for yourself and to teach to others.

If you love music and want to learn how to share that joy more effectively with your students or other people in your life, consider participating in this upcoming webinar. You may be surprised at how much you can learn and grow in your love and knowledge of music from the comfort of your home. 

This online webinar offers you a valuable way to access the rich community of talented musicians who are teaching the next generations of students. 

RSVP Today!

Topics: Music Education

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