Retired music chair Dr. Christopher Gallaher passes away

Dr. Christopher Gallaher

Dr. Christopher S. Gallaher (62), 77, retired Department of Music chair, of Morehead passed away on Feb. 25, 2018. 

Born in Ashland, Gallaher earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education/composition in 1962, a Master of Music (theory and trumpet) degree at Indiana University (IU) in 1965 and a Ph.D. degree in music theory/composition/trumpet from IU in 1975. 

Gallaher taught at MSU from 1972 until his retirement in 2003. He served as the chair of the Department of Music and was awarded the 1996-97 “Distinguished Creative Productions Award.” He was an extensively published composer/arranger of nearly 50 compositions and arrangements. Gallaher performed with artists such as Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Sonny and Cher, and Pat Boone. 

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