Michael Galbraith has played Third French Horn for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1990. A native of Interlochen, Michigan, he holds Bachelors’ degrees in History and French Horn Performance from Southern Methodist University, a Masters in French Horn Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning. He has performed with orchestras in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. He serves as a Board member of the Philharmonic, representing the musicians.
In addition to his work at the Philharmonic, he is also the President and CEO of the Downtown Fort Wayne Economic Improvement District (DID). He oversees all aspects of the 99-block district’s efforts to be the “vibrant urban core of Northeast Indiana.” He also serves as Administrator for the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) serving the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana and helping to fund over $264 million in projects since 2016. He is a member of the Quest Club, and serves on the Boards of Greater Fort Wayne, The History Center, and ARCH, Inc.
Previous to his role at the DID, he served as Director of the Road to One Million at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership from 2016-2019 overseeing regional talent attraction efforts as well as the Regional Development Authority. Since 2006, he had worked with ARCH, Inc., Fort Wayne’s nonprofit historic architecture preservation group. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the Executive Director. Through his work with ARCH, he authored and published comprehensive studies that cover the historic architecture of Steuben County, LaGrange County, Wells County, Allen County and Adams County for the State of Indiana.
Michael is married to Janet Mackay-Galbraith, who is on faculty at Canterbury School and is also an administrator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His two daughters, Cate and Amelia attend McGill University (Montréal, QC) and Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) respectively.