Bio

Jonah M. Gallagher (b. '93) is a composition Master's student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. His accomplishments began when he won second place in the Illinois Music Education Association composition contest for his Music for Hinged Door. He has also been selected as a finalist for the Biola University (where he earned his bachelor's in composition) composition contest for the past four years and won first prize in 2016 for his Symphony No. 1 and third place in 2015 for his Five Poems of Beautiful Things. Additionally, he won the Biola Professional Ensemble Recording Competition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was also one of the featured composers in the CFAMC Conference at Biola in 2014 where Paul Barnes performed his Ad infinitum. Most recently he was awarded 2nd place for the Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Competition for his string quartet: Wandering Companionless: Pale for Weariness. His music is a fusion of minimalism and thematic development with programmatic background to create stories in new and exciting ways. He hopes to continue composing for concert music in addition to his hobbies of woodworking and carpentry. 

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