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Choral Faculty



Daniel Bara

Daniel Bara

Director of Choral Activities

Conducts: Hodgson Singers, Repertory Singers

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Daniel Bara is the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia where oversees seven university choral ensembles as well as the graduate choral conducting program. His university choirs have performed by juried invitation for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA, MENC, and IMC. In spring of 2014 The UGA Hodgson Singers won the Grand Prix at the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Baden, Austria and performed at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, FL. His former MM and DMA conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at Susquehanna University, New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, William Jewell College, as well as heads of church and school choral music programs throughout the country.

Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Bara was the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, where he received the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, and released two internationally distributed choral recordings, Greater Love (2007) and Eternal Light (2010) with Gothic Records. In 2001was a winner of the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Bara is a past-president of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, having conducted all-state and honor choirs in 17 states and Carnegie Hall, and has served as clinician for conferences sponsored by ACDA, AGO, and other school and church musical organizations.

Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities for the Southern Division Chapter of ACDA and has served on conference planning committees for the 2012 and 2016 Southern Division conferences. At UGA, Dr. Bara conducts the UGA Hodgson Singers, the University Chorus, and oversees the graduate conducting student recital choir, The Repertory Singers.




Sarah Frook GalloSFG

Interim Associate Director of Choral Activities

Conducts: Choral Project, University Chorus, Women's Glee Club, Men's Glee Club

Sarah Frook Gallo is the Interim Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Georgia, where she conducts the University Chorus, UGA Choral Project, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, and teaches courses in conducting. Prior to her time at UGA, she conducted the William & Mary Women’s Chorus (now the Barksdale Treble Chorus), taught courses in music theory and aural skills, and served as Artistic Director of the Virginia Choral Society, a 100-member community choir in Newport News, VA. She also held teaching positions as the conductor of the Christopher Newport University Men’s Chorus, and as professor of voice at the University of Richmond. She is an experienced K-12 educator and spent three years as the director of music and choirs at St. Catherine’s Middle School. 

She enjoys guest conducting honor choruses and workshops across the country and aims to foster intentional musical communities in all aspects of her work. Her research interests include the music of 17th and 18th century Mexico City, incorporating Dalcroze Eurhythmics into the conducting classroom, and the experience of adult amateur singers in community choruses. Her choirs have commissioned and premiered works by Tawnie Olson, Lori Laitman, and Ysaÿe Barnwell.

In her time as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia, she was awarded the prestigious Presidential Fellowship, and was selected for several masterclasses and conducting programs, including the National Collegiate Choral Organization Graduate Fellowship, Baylor International Choral Conducting Masterclass, the Wintergreen Music Academy Conductor’s Summit, and as a conductor in the 2020 ACDA Southern Graduate Conducting Masterclass.

She is a DMA Candidate in Choral Conducting at the University of Georgia, earned her MM in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary with a concentration in piano, voice, and harpsichord. Her conducting teachers include Daniel Bara, J.D. Burnett, William Weinert, Jamie Bartlett, Bradley Lubman, Simon Carrington, and Joseph Flummerfelt. She lives in Athens, GA with her spouse, Jeff, and their dog, Moira Rose.











Gregory BroughtonBroughton

Associate Professor of Music, Voice

Conducts: African American Choral Ensemble

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Dr. Gregory S. Broughton, Associate Professor of Music, was awarded the General Sandy H. Beaver Teaching Professorship in 2011. He was appointed to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty in 1988. He is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy, a UGA Senior Faculty Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the UGA Sarah Moss Fellowship.

He received both the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where his concentration was in voice and choral music. Broughton's distinguished teachers and coaches include Lorna Haywood, Willis Patterson, George Bitzas, Thomas Williams, Marvalene C. Moore, Donald Neuen, Martin Katz, Timothy Cheek, Mitchell Krieger and Dale Mann. He has made solo appearances under the baton of conductors Yoel Levi, Donald Neuen, Gustav Meier, John DeMain, J. Paul Cobbs and Jacqueline Hairston.

Notable solo engagements have included the world premieres of Stephen Newby's Symphony: Let Thy Mercy Be Upon Us with the Seattle Symphony; Ja Jahannes and Steven Newby’s Montage for Martin with members of the Savannah Symphony; the Michigan premiere of David Baker’s Through This Vale of Tears with the Lafayette String Quartet; and the Michigan and Ohio premiere of Adolphus Hailstork's oratorio Done Made My Vow with the Toledo Symphony. He was tenor soloist for the Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis Symphony and he made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall as guest soloist in a celebration of the African American Spiritual under the baton of Jacqueline Hairston. Additional performances include Haydn's The Creation with the Washington Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society, Handel's Judas Maccabeaus, Britten's St. Nicolas Mass and Handel's Messiah and numerous other engagements as soloist with musical organizations throughout the United States. As a recitalist he has an affinity for the interpretation of the African American Spiritual. He has appeared twice at the American Listz Society Conference and most recently in San Francisco in a lecture recital presentation with colleague Dr. Richard Zimdars performing lesser-known works of Felix Weingartner.

Dr. Broughton's discography includes Montage for Martin with members of the Seattle Symphony; The Lily of the Valley with the American Spiritual Ensemble; Love Letters, a compilation CD of original works by UGA composer Roger Vogel and he appears on the original soundtrack for the musical Yes, Lord! by Ja Jahannes.

Broughton also has a modest list of operatic engagements with the Mid-Michigan Opera, Onyx Opera/Atlanta and Chautauqua Opera. He has performed leading tenor roles in Puccini's La Rondine, Verdi's Falstaff and La Traviata, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, William Grant Still's A Bayou Legend and Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.

Broughton's duties include graduate and undergraduate applied voice instruction and graduate academic advising for vocal music majors. His duties also include conducting the University of Georgia African American Choral Ensemble. This student organization's mission is the performance of works composed and/or arranged by African American composers. Following many triumphal performance successes, the group has been invited to perform at several national music conferences. In 2011 the group was invited to perform for the Georgia Music Educators Conference World Music Session in Savannah, GA. In 2013 they were engaged and perform as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s “Southern Harmonies” Traveling Exhibition. The most recent conference presentation was the opening concert for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in 2014 convening in Atlanta, GA.

Currently, Broughton has students performing in major professional venues throughout the United States and abroad in major opera houses, musical theater on and off Broadway. A significant number of students from the private studio as well as from the African American Choral Ensemble are recording contemporary Christian and numerous popular music styles. Quite a large number of his students are currently college and university professors, secondary school educators and private voice teachers.   Broughton is a much sought after and effective teacher for pre and post collegiate singers. His expertise is also sought after as clinician and adjudicator for vocal master classes, choral clinics, workshops and competitions.