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Class of 1971
Posted on: 12/10/2012 6:44:47 PM
Paul Joseph Gallagher, 58, of Madison, N.J., died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Visitation is from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison, followed by a service there at 5 p.m. Paul was an innovative contributor to classical new music and expanded the genre with a unique approach to intonation. The recipient of several grants and fellowships, Paul composed numerous pieces for voice as well as tone poems and symphonies. His work has been performed in New York City, Copenhagen and elsewhere. His creative innovation also permeated his many paintings, set designs, and other artistic expressions of nature and spirituality. Paul, a talented tenor, was also a sought-after private vocal instructor whose students included many who attained district, state and Eastern U.S. recognition from the N.J. Music Educators Association. He also coached other professional vocal artists with whom he collaborated and sang in a variety of performances that he composed and directed. Studying under Morton Feldman and Heinz Rehfuss, Paul received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition and voice at SUNY Buffalo. Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, he received his bachelor's education at Penn State. Paul will be deeply missed by his grieving family and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife of 26 years, Theresa Rowland of Madison; his mother, Lorraine Gallagher of Monroeville, Pa.; brothers, Tim, Steve and Pat Gallagher; sisters Janet Rubinson, Colleen Gallagher and Laura Protzman, and many nieces and nephews. Condolences and deliveries may be sent c/o Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison, N.J. 07940.
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