Tiffany J. Galus is assistant professor of music in bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and associate director of IU athletic bands. She has a comprehensive background in the arts as an educator, conductor, performer, producer, and media creator.
Galus returns to Bloomington after serving as assistant director of the Longhorn Band and associate director of the Longhorn Pep Band at The University of Texas at Austin, where she taught courses in undergraduate conducting and wind band literature.
In 2019, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from The University of Texas at Austin as a student of Jerry Junkin. A native of northern Indiana, Galus also holds a Master of Music in Wind Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music, where she studied conducting with Stephen W. Pratt, Jeffrey D. Gershman, Eric M. Smedley, and Paul W. Popiel, in addition to studying trombone with Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, and M. Dee Stewart.
Prior to her time in Austin, Galus was an associate instructor in the Department of Bands at the Jacobs School of Music. During her time there, she served as director of the Women’s Big Red Basketball Band, Crabb Band, and Volleyball Band, assistant director of the Men’s Big Red Basketball Band, and manager for the IU Summer Music Clinic. She also assisted in teaching undergraduate conducting courses and guest conducted IU’s three concert bands.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Galus served as director of bands for the New Prairie United School Corporation. Under her direction, the program received consistent superior ratings at numerous band festivals, including two state titles in 2014. In 2013, she was a quarterfinalist for the first Music Educator Grammy Award.
As a producer and media creator, Galus established the UTWE Live! livestream series for The University of Texas Bands, which reached nearly a half-million views. She is also cofounder and owner of Keep Making Music, a virtual performance company based in Austin, Texas.
Additionally, Galus is a freelance transcriber, editor, arranger, and composer, having written and designed for wind ensemble, marching band, pep band, chamber ensembles, and show choir. Recent projects include a critical edition of Michael Martin’s Lontano: Symphony for Wind Ensemble (2018) and an original brass choir work entitled Hail (2018). Her wind ensemble transcription of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto premiered in 2019.
Galus is currently serving or has served on the staff for Rhythmic Force Indoor Percussion, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, National Youth Wind Ensemble, and Ultimate Drill Book. She holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Psi, and is an honorary sister of Tau Beta Sigma.