Welcome to the Boyer College of Music and Dance Alumni page. Whether you are already well-connected with our activities, or you are coming back after many years away - welcome! We invite you to browse the alumni pages, learn more about our activities and goals and most importantly - find a way to connect - or reconnect - with the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
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Boyer College of Music and Dance Alumni
Boyer College alumni have a strong presence in the world of music and dance, keeping the arts vibrant as creators, performers, educators, therapists, promoters and supporters. Boyer alumni perform with major orchestras throughout the world, light up the Broadway stage, conduct research, educate, receive Grammy nominations and awards and create and manage their own successful performance companies.
Boyer Alumni Spotlight:Rich Galassini
The Boyer College of Music and Dance can boast hundreds of alumni who have achieved success in their various fields. We are always so proud to hear their stories, and so we are delighted to introduce the first in a regular series of "Featured Alumnus/a”.
Rich Galassini graduated from Temple in 1988 with his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Soon after graduation he accepted a position with Cunningham Piano Company, a historic firm that performs beautiful piano restoration in Philadelphia. What began for Rich as a temporary position until he found a teaching position he was comfortable with, wound up quite differently. He fell in love with the art and science of piano restoration.
In 2007, he and another long term employee, Tim Oliver, took over the company. In Rich's words, "I truly love the art of what we do here when restoring a significant instrument that may be 100 years old or older. The staff is highly trained and their passion is infectious. I cannot help but be excited to go to work each day. Additionally, the quality of the finished instruments are often astonishing to musicians."
Throughout this interview, we were struck by the passion that Rich has for making quality instruments, whether it be a new piano or a beautifully restored one. Rich has also added a department that specializes in church music and the installation of pipe and digital organs. He is currently involved in yet another project - making a series of videos called "Piano Tastings". The purpose of this project is to help educate the public and musicians about the differences that make each piano unique. Want an explanation? Go to www.pianotastings.com and see for yourself!
Rich Galassini is a member of the Boyer College of Music and Dance Alumni Board of Directors and is the proud father of Elisabeth, who is currently a student at Boyer College. He lives in Berlin Borough, New Jersey with his wife, Sharon. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.