jonah gallagher

George Hopkins Fellow


“I want to find my way into the heart of humanity, to express through music the pain one can feel, the joy one can have, the confusion we all feel from time to time living in what feels like a backwards world.”

— Jonah Gallagher

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Jonah M. Gallagher (b. 1993) is a Master's composition student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He has studied with Mason Bates, Robert Denham, Alex Lu, and Mike Watts. Receiving both national and international recognition, his music has been performed in domestically in Detroit, L.A., Oakland, San Francisco, Miami, Louisville, Mt. Pleasant, and Chicago, as well as internationally in Seoul, South Korea and Vienna, Austria. Most recently the Oakland Symphony, under the direction of Michael Morgan, premiered his piece for string orchestra, Vocare. Morgan says about Gallagher’s music, “The imaginative string writing reveals a composer with a very interesting ear and point of view and we all look forward to his further development. I find him a really compelling new voice capable of writing music of great virtuosity contrasting with a great American lyricism.” His music has received several awards including the runner up in the Frank Robert Abell award for his string quartet, Wandering Companionless: Pale for Weariness and winner of the “Other Competition” at the Frost School of Music for the same piece. Gallagher’s music creates a musical narrative, communicating beauty and humanity in each piece. In addition to writing music, Jonah has a passion for woodworking, especially the crafting of hand carved tobacco pipes. He currently lives in Daly City, California with his wife Hannah.