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Joe Galema

Joseph   Galema, DMA

  • Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 426
  • 719-333-7846
  • joegalema@aol.com

Background:

Although he is a native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Dr. Galema chose to pursue his college education in Michigan.He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal­vin College in Grand Rapids.  At The University of Michigan, while studying under the renowned artist-teacher Marilyn Mason, he pursued post-graduate work in organ performance by completing requirements for a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

Biography:

Joseph Galema is currently Music Director and Academy Organist at the United States Air Force Academy, a position he has held since September 1982. At the Academy, he is music director for the Cadet Chorale and The Academy Singers, in addition to playing the organ for hundreds of annual services and tours held in the famous Cadet Chapel. Galema also joined the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver in September 2008 as Organ Instructor.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At The University of Michigan, while studying under the renowned artist-teacher Marilyn Mason, he pursued post-graduate work in organ performance by completing requirements for Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

The University of Michigan's 1987 Palmer Christian Award is one of many honors Galema has received for outstanding accomplishments in the field of music. Other achievements include several United States Air Force Sustained Superior Performance awards, a listing in the 1985 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America, and current listings in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He maintains leadership positions in the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

As a featured organ soloist, Galema has toured throughout the United States, England, France, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

The William K. Coors Organ was built by Karl Schuke, Berliner Orgelbauwerkstatt, Germany.