Dr. Galen Darrough is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Northern Colorado, and in his 36 years of conducting has directed, adjudicated, and served as clinician to choirs in twenty two states, the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, Latin America, and has served as guest conductor of the 1993 Nebraska Honor Choir, 1993 North Dakota All-State Choir, the 2001 and 2007 Area I Texas Honor Choir, the 2002 Oklahoma All-State Junior High School Choir, the 2006 South Dakota All-State Choir, the 2014 Tennessee All-State Men’s Choir, and the 2015 California All State Men’s Choir.
His Concert Choir was one of twelve choirs selected through the US to perform for the 2012 National Collegiate Choral Organization biennial conference. His Men’s Glee Club was selected to perform for the 1996 and 2006 Southwestern Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas, Texas, and for the 1997 and 2006 Colorado Music Educators Convention. He has either performed or studied with conductors such as Howard Swan, Paul Salamunovich, Helmuth Rilling, William Hall, David Thorsen, Douglas McEwen, Donald Bailey, Ronald Staheli, Roger Wagner, Dale Warland, and Simon Carrington.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from California State University Fullerton, his Master of Music/Choral Music Performance from Brigham Young University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from Arizona State University. At UNC, he is the conductor of the 65-voice select Concert Choir and the 40-voice Men’s Glee Club. He has served in numerous capacities in the American Choral Director’s Association, including Colorado state president, editor of the Colorado Choral Director, SWACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs, and was President for the 2008-10 term for the Southwestern Division of ACDA.
In the Fall of 1999 he was designated the Scholar of the Year for the College of Performing and Visual Arts at UNC, one of eight faculty members to be awarded throughout the university. In 2003 he was granted sabbatical leave to Stockholm, Sweden to study Swedish male chorus repertoire and in 2010 to study the choral music of Latin America. In March of 2010, he received from Arizona State University the Douglas R. McEwen Award for Choral Excellence given to him “in recognition of his outstanding artistry, dedication to choral music and commitment to singers”.