Gale J. Odom has been Dean of the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana since 1998. She holds both the BM and DMA degrees from the University of North Texas and an MM from Indiana University, all in Vocal Performance. A former regional governor of National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is on the Executive Board of the NATS Foundation and serves as an officer in Region 9 of the National Association of Schools of Music.
A regional artist who sang frequently throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, she has performed over 30 opera roles, including Marie in Daughter of the Regiment, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Micäela in Carmen, and Hanna in The Merry Widow. Her numerous oratorio and concert appearances include Mahler's 4th Symphony, Mozart’s Great Mass in C and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder. Musical theater roles have included Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Cinderella in Into the Woods, and she was the Church Singer in the motion picture Steel Magnolias.