|Laura and John Galgano|
John Galgano `00 & Laura Meade Galgano `99
John & Laura shared with us their love story and how Manhattanville brought them together in our special Valentine's Alumni Spotlight.
Tell us a little bit about your story and how Manhattanville has played a role in it
In a way, Manhattanville IS our story. It’s where we met; where we got to know each other. We ran in different circles on campus but our love for and involvement in music kept bringing us together. I knew the minute I saw her that I had to find a way to ask her out. Eventually I plucked up the courage and we started dating in October of 1998.
Actually, I asked him! We were both a little shy about it, but it didn’t take long for us realize that we both had the same feelings for each other. A very memorable day for us was Fall Jam ’98. We found each other at the bonfire and had a great talk while watching the last of the embers die down, and then set the time for our first official date.
Where have your individual journeys led you since graduation (jobs, music, etc.)?
After Manhattanville, I went to Pace Law School for three years and then came back to Mville as the Alumni Director for 5 years. I loved every minute of that job and we loved being back on campus. But I wanted to pursue my legal career as well so I took a position as General Counsel for Mercy College and am currently General Counsel at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. I love what I do and I’m grateful that each of my professional positions have enabled me to continue my music career. I’ve continued making music with IZZ (a band started at Mville with Mville alumni!) and we’ve released 7 albums as well as a live DVD over the past 15 years. I recently released a solo album as well and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with many great musicians recently and to play on the same stage with some of my favorite artists. Music will always be a big part of my life and I owe a great deal of that to Manhattanville as well. One of my favorite memories was performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall during my senior year in the West Room. Only Mville would have given me an opportunity to do that as part of my senior thesis!
After graduating, I went on tour with a production of The Wizard of Oz and followed that with a gig singing on two cruise ships. I was lucky enough to see parts of the world I never would have seen otherwise if it weren’t for that job. After returning home, I performed in a series of musical theater shows on Long Island for several years, all the while singing with IZZ and writing my own music. I released a solo CD in 2007 and have continued working on my own original music. I recently sang in three concerts with the New York Choral Society which gave me the good fortune of performing at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and at The Barclay’s Center with Andrea Bocelli. I’ve also had the opportunity to sing with other musician friends and have been part of the opening act for Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann and others. The music training I received at Mville started me on a great path and instilled in me good habits which enabled me to pursue pretty much any opportunity that has come my way. I’ll always be grateful to the Mville Music Dept.
There are so many things that being an alumnus means to me. I think of my baseball teammates, lunch in the Pub, hours spent in the practice rooms in the Music Dept. (where we still stop by for a song or two whenever we visit!), formals in the West Room, Bowling and Pittman classes, friends and of course Laura. I am so grateful to Manhattanville for so many things and I only hope that I can repay some of this back by continuing to spread the good word about Mville. It is truly a magical place.
I am proud to be a Manhattanville alumna. I have so many great memories about being a student, from shows in the Little Theater and the West Room to Chorus concerts in the chapel and recitals in Pius X Hall. Every time I go back to campus, I feel like I’m coming back home. There is a feeling I get that I can’t get anywhere else. Not only is it where John and I met and where our relationship grew, but there is also a spirit of calm and love that pervades Mville. Seeing the Castle always puts a smile on my face, in no small part because John proposed to me on top of Reid Castle on Thanksgiving Day in 2005!