Robert René Galván
René is the Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers, Peace of Heart Choir, and Manhattan Sinfonia in New York City. Galván served as Professor of Conducting at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. He was also Music Director of Highbridge Voices Youth Chorus, Cantiamo Youth Chorus, associate conductor of the national Children’s Chorus and Professor of Conducting & Choral Studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music where he trained young conductors and directed the conservatory chorale. He was guest conductor of Florilegium Chamber Choir in Manhattan and Cappella Festiva in upstate New York. For four seasons he was conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Massachusetts. In Texas, Galván held positions as conductor of the Austin Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Austin Choral Union, and as director of both the University Chorus and the Longhorn Singers at the University of Texas where he was awarded the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to conducting, René is a multi-instrumentalist and published poet. He is married to the playwright Holly Hepp-Galván and has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Gina.