Tate, Galen

Saint Thomas More RC Church, Darien, CT / Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

Galen is Assistant Director of Choral Programs and serves on the music faculty of Sacred Heart University, conducting SHU L.O.V.E. (Ladies Only Vocal Ensemble), The SHUpermen and performs as organist/accompanist for the choral ensembles. In addition, he teaches Organ, Music in America and an Introduction to Music Business course he instituted at the university in 2008.  Galen is Director of Music at Saint Thomas More RC Church, Darien, and also the collaborative keyboardist for the Connecticut Chamber Choir.

He received the B.Mus. in organ performance from the University of Arkansas and M.Mus. in organ performance from the University of Tennessee. As an organ recitalist, Galen most recently performed at the Church of the Transfiguration (New York City), First Congregational Church (Fairfield), the Cathedral of Saint Mary, San Francisco (CA), and in the More Music Concert Series, which he directs. As an accompanist, he has performed with numerous ensembles, including the United Chorale, Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Stamford Chorale, Rockland County Chorale, the Lumina String Quartet, Sax In The City and for the Fairfield County Chorale Summer Sings.

Most recently, he served as assistant director  /accompanist for the New Haven Chorale, regularly performing on the historic Newberry Memorial organ at Woolsey Hall (Yale).The diversity of his keyboard talents has led him to work with popular artists Joe Utterback, José Feliciano, Frank Patterson, Metropolitan Opera soprano Betty Jones and with Broadway tenors David Gaschen and Frank Mastrone. His choral conducting and accompanying performances have taken him to churches and concert halls in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C., and abroad to England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Spain and Ireland. He has several times been a featured artist for National Pastoral Musicians Conventions, and most recently in the annual memorial events for Voices of September 11th in New York City.  

Galen has served on the music faculty of Norwalk Community College, Gateway Community College (New Haven), Fairfield University and the Hartt School of Music (Hartford), and continues to support both middle and high school music programs in concert and competitions throughout Fairfield County. Galen is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association and is an FAA licensed private pilot.

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04:30 pm | January 06
Annual Epiphany Party 2019

What would it be without an annual Greater Bridgeport AGO social event? Join us for lots to eat, a chance to play and sing with fellow colleagues and toast the new year. Executive meeting starts at 3:30 pm - RSVP required.
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06:00 pm | May 31
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2019

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winner Jeremy Paul Jelinek (Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, DC) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to Carole Fanslow fanslow@juno.com by Monday, May 27.
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