Meet the Orchestra

Cléa Galhano


Internationally renowned Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician.

Among other important music festivals, Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome. Galhano was featured in the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland in 2006, at the International Recorder Conference in Montreal in 2007, and at the American Recorder Festival in 2012. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.

Galhano studied at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in Brazil, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a Fulbright scholarship and support from the Dutch government.

A popular teacher and ensemble director, Galhano regularly conducts workshops across the United States, Europe and Brazil. Currently, Galhano is the Executive Artistic Director of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and she is on the faculty of Macalester College. Galhano has seven recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado labels.

An advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, Galhano has served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society and has been featured at Suzuki and AOSA conferences. She is also the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest.

Galhano has obtained numerous grants in Minnesota, including a 2013 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship and Cultural Community Partnership Grant, a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, as well as others. Galhano has been honored as a National Arts Association (distinguished member) of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity.