"One of the moments I will always remember about Alice is the time I asked her to run an impromptu masterclass for a group of high school students. . . I was so very impressed that a young lady of her artistry also had the capacity to reach down to young musicians and create a meaningful and exciting experience for them. Her teaching in this class was exemplary."
-Dr. Mitchell J. Fennell
Coordinator of Wind Studies
Director of Bands, California State University-Fullerton
“Alice Gallagher's clarinet playing is musically stylish, imaginative, and personal; superb! As a teacher, she is a real force, and prepares her students for college in a marvelous fashion.”
-Håkan Rosengren, Artist-in-residence and Professor of Clarinet,
School of Music, California State University, Fullerton, to the Lowell Sun, 2009.
Alice Gallagher is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has established herself in San Diego and beyond as a clarinet teacher with an honest, enthusiastic, and patient approach. She teaches clarinetists of all ages, from beginners to advanced, and has conducted workshops at local elementary and middle schools and was on the faculty of the University of San Diego from 2016-2022, but is focusing now on performance and her private studio, both in-person and online.
Her unique combination of musical skill and encouraging personality help her students learn and improve in a relaxed atmosphere. Gallagher's students have gone on to gain entrance to study music at schools such as Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory/Berklee, UCLA, and Indiana University. They have been accepted into prestigious programs such as the Interlochen Arts Camp, and placed in top spots in the Massachusetts and California All-State Bands and Orchestras. Her students also perform with the San Diego Youth Symphony and the Civic Youth Orchestra of San Diego, and number among them multiple winners of prestigious contests. Gallagher has been giving private clarinet lessons since she was in high school. She is a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California and is on the Audition Board of the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego.