Shannon Gallier, Class of 2007
Shannon Gallier is Organist-Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church at the Good Shepherd. Before joining the staff at Good Shepherd, Shannon received his Masterís degree in organ performance from Indiana Universityís prestigious Jacob's School of Music in 2009 and his Bachelorís degree in organ performance from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2007.
At Good Shepherd, Mr. Gallier's duties include direction of the church's Chancel Choir and the two RSCM-affiliated children's choirs. He also leads and accompanies the church's weekly services on its historic four manual 1929 E. M. Skinner Organ. During its season, Shannon works with and advises the Chamber Music Society of the Good Shepherd and coordinates the church's successful summer organ concert series, which he founded in 2010.
As an organist, Mr. Gallier has performed concerts throughout the United States and has served congregations in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, and Florida. His primary organ teachers have included Todd Wilson, Larry Smith, Holly Watson, and Jerome Wells. Mr. Gallier has also performed widely as a solo tenor in oratorio, chamber music, and various choral settings of composers such as Schutz, Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.
He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music and serves on the boards of the Riverside Fine Arts Association and the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is an avid reader and coffee-drinker and his (modern-day) musical hero is the English conductor, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.