Dr. Melodie Galloway new Musical Director of Junaluska Singers
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. –Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is pleased to announce Dr. Melodie G. Galloway as the new Musical Director for the Lake Junaluska Singers (LJS) beginning January 1, 2010.
Dr. Galloway holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and a professional vocal ensemble, where she has been a soloist in Russia, Estonia, Ireland, England, and Spain. She is in regional demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Her work in research includes two international conference presentations and an article written for the peer-reviewed UK journal, Studies in Musical Theatre, to be published in the January 2010 issue.
“We welcome Dr. Melodie Galloway to Lake Junaluska. As a former Lake Junaluska Singer, we are confident that Dr. Galloway will honor and strengthen the Junaluska Singers with her talent and direction,” said Jimmy L. Carr, Executive Director of Lake Junaluska.
Galloway is a Lake Junaluska Singer Alumna, having sung for several seasons. She has also served as a LJS accompanist, soloist, choreographer, and as the agent for orchestra personnel for LJS concerts.
“Dr. Galloway brings to this position a significant personal history with the Lake Junaluska Singers, a distinguished career as a soloist and choral and orchestral conductor, and a rich background in The United Methodist Church,” commented Roger Dowdy, Director of Ministry at Lake Junaluska.
Currently Dr. Galloway is an assistant professor in music, directing the University Singers, the Chamber Singers, and Studio 18 - an advanced vocal jazz ensemble, and she is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies. After a busy performance schedule this season, the UNCA Chamber Singers have just returned from their third annual invitation-only performances for the Holiday Open House Celebrations at the White House and for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center.
“Directing the Junaluska Singers represents a lifelong dream for me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this premiere ensemble and carry on the Singers’ and Dr. Draper’s incredible legacy of ministry and outreach through inspired, beautiful choral music,” said Galloway.
For a full biography and more information about Dr. Galloway, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/melodie-galloway