Galen DeGraf is a music theorist, drummer, and organist living in Westchester County, New York.
Galen received his Bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, where he received high honors in music for his thesis "Situating Salsa through Tito Puente's Life and Music," as well as the Leavell Memorial Prize from the World Music Program. He received his master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in New York City. His dissertation "Navigating Musical Periodicities: Modes of Perception and Types of Temporal Knowledge," sponsored by Joseph Dubiel at Columbia University in New York City, explores modes of temporal perception, embodied actions, and rhythmic pedagogy. At Columbia, he served as a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Current Musicology, taught classes in music theory and music history, and presented papers at regional and national music theory conferences including the SMT annual meeting.
As a performer, he has previously served as the showband drummer aboard the Carnival Glory and is currently director of music and pipe organist for Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal RC Church in Ridgewood, NY.
B.A. with high honors in music, Wesleyan University, 2009 M.A. in music theory, Columbia University, 2012
M.Phil in music theory, Columbia University, 2014