Jacob Galván was born April 9th, 1992 in Harlingen, a small Texan town in the Rio Grande valley. Although he was not exposed to any type of music education until the sixth grade, Jacob took quickly to percussion after joining the local school band. As a teen, Jacob taught himself how to play the guitar, piano, sing, and also furthered his development in percussion. After graduating high school, Jacob became a student at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX where he studied Pharmacy and Chemistry for one year. Knowing that music was his true calling, Jacob moved closer to his home and enrolled at TAMU-CC in the Fall of 2011.
After four years of intense study and practice under the direction of Arlene Long and Dr. Richard McDonald (TAMU-CC), Jacob became one of the best musicians and the best composer in his department. After graduating from TAMU-CC in May of 2015, Jacob now composes and conducts large scale works for chamber ensembles, orchestra, piano, organ, and choir. His works have been featured in a variety of venues throughout Corpus Christi. He has recently won a composer’s competition sponsored by the Corpus Christi Symphony Guild, and wrote and conducted music for a local fashion show. Jacob currently lives in Corpus Christi, where he continues to write music, practice the organ, and actively participate in the music community.
Midwestern State University (MSU): Fall 2010- Spring 2011
- Member of the Midwestern State Redwine Honors Program
- Studied pharmacy for two semesters
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC): Fall 2011- Spring 2015)
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Music (May 2015)
- Final GPA of 3.898 upon graduation
- Two Years of Supplementary sound recording/ engineering training
- Awarded scholarship as an undergraduate for participation in the University Varsity Choir- both as the section leader and sectional accompanist
- Proficient in multiple instruments including the Piano, Pipe Organ, Voice, Percussion/Drum-set, and guitar.
- Active composer and arranger for local churches.
- Tutored music history at the college level
- Conducted and rehearsed the All Saints Episcopal Church choir on multiple occasions.
- Started and conducted a vocal quartet where I was not only the leader, but the composer as well.
- Was a soloist in two separate performances of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.
- Invited to be a member of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Varsity Chamber Choir
- Was awarded first place in the 2015 Corpus Christi Symphony Guild’s Young Composer’s Competition
- Invited to be the chief composer for a fashion show done to support the local symphony guild, an organization dedicated to providing instruments to children.
- Conducted originally composed music for the Julian Gold Winter Fashion show on November 7th, 2015
- Has had works published at musicalion.com
- Was invited by the Corpus Christi Syphony Guild to have original compositions performed on May 2, 2016
- Dr. Daniel Sipes– former professor and employer
- Benjamin Howard– Member of the music faculty at TAMUCC, former colleague
- Maxine Sommers– Chair to the symphony guild of Corpus Christi, former columnist and travel journalist for the caller times. I have done work for her before and she knows my work ethic and self motivation.
- Dr. Brian Thacker– former professor whom I have worked with many times in the past