School of Music faculty Janet Galván named Director of Choral Activities


Contributed by Jenny Stockdale

Professor of Music Janet Galván has been named Director of Choral Activities at the School of Music.  Conductor of the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale and the Ithaca College Chorus for many years, she is also the Artistic Director for the Ithaca Children's Choir. She will continue to conduct the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale and, beginning this year, she will conduct the Ithaca College Choir.  

In demand as a guest conductor, Galván has conducted national, regional, and all-state choruses throughout the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Constitution Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Minneapolis’ Symphony Hall, and Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She conducted the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in 1995.

She has conducted her own choral ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in concert halls in Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, and Spain. 

Her choral ensembles have also appeared at national, regional, and state music conferences. She has conducted the chamber orchestra, Virtuosi Pragneses, the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in choral/orchestral performances.  

In 2010, she founded the chorus UNYC that has performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Lanfranco Marcelleti, conductor). Galván has been a guest conductor and clinician in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Brazil as well as national and regional choral and music education conferences and the World Symposium on Choral Music. She was on the conducting faculty for the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute, the Transient Glory Symposium in February of 2012. Dr. Galván was a member of the Grammy-Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers (Telarc Recording) in Shaw’s later years.


Galván’s conducting students have received first place awards and have been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors biennial National Choral Conducting Competition.