Gallagher reaches semifinals in NFA's Young Artist Competition

September 8, 2017
Daniel Gallagher

Daniel Gallagher, second-year DMA and graduate teaching associate in flute performance under Katherine Borst Jones, was a semifinalist in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, one of the most prestigious flute competitions in the world. The competition, held in Minneapolis in August, began with a recorded round of 114 applicants from around the world. Gallagher qualified as one of 15 quarterfinalists and then advanced to the following round as one of six semifinalists. He performed works by Telemann, Ichiyanagi, Bozza, Devienne, Verne Reynolds and the new commissioned work by Laura Elise Schwendinger.

Gallagher earned a BA in music from Luther College in 2014 and an MM in flute performance from Illinois State University in 2016. His previous teachers include Melanie Mathew, Carol Hester, Lorie Scott, Bethany Padgett and Kimberly Risinger. His musical accomplishments include winning band and orchestra concerto competitions at Illinois State University, appearing as an alumnus recitalist at Luther College and performing professionally with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Gallagher qualified as a quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition and advanced as one of six semifinalists. In autumn 2017, he will perform and present a master class at Luther College.