Michael Galván, Principal

Michael Galván, Principal

John and Ida Wolff Chair


“What a never-ending inspiration Ithaca is for artistry!  Is it Cayuga’s waters?  The energy in the air from all our students? The many, MANY days when the weather outside is perfect for practicing indoors? It most definitely is the people — those whom I sit next to in the orchestra or in chamber groups, all the wonderful people in the audience, the stupendous musicians from all over the world who work with us as visitors or partners or leaders — it all adds up to make Ithaca and the CCO unique.  Of the many moments I cherish from thirty years in the orchestra, I particularly prize the memory of our performance of the Britten War Requiem. The depth of the music, the stage filled to capacity with two orchestras and chorus, amazing soloists, the musicianship of our conductor, and the angelic Ithaca Children’s Choir led by Janet Galván, who was about to give birth at any moment to our daughter. Truly a night to remember!”

Michael Galván has been principal clarinetist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra since 1985, appearing as a soloist under music directors Carl St. Clair, Heiichiro Ohyama, Kimbo Ishii, and in 2009, Lanfranco Marcelletti.  He has performed with the Ariadne String Quartet, Ensemble X, Syracuse Symphony, Skaneateles Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Binghamton Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Orchestra of Santa Fe.  He has taught and performed across the United States, in Europe, and in China and Japan.  Mr. Galván is also the clarinetist of the venerable Ithaca Wind Quintet, Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and is a past president of the International Clarinet Association.

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