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Overseas Conductor and Adjudicator


Michael J. Glasgow

Michael J. Glasgow is a native of Detroit, and his family still lives in Michigan. An honors graduate from the College of Charleston (SC), Michael holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism. He holds a summa cum laude Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Wisconsin as a rare double-emphasis student, in both choral and handbell music.

Michael has composed four musical plays (two of which premiered in Charleston's Sottile Theatre), as well as numerous original sacred choral, orchestral, and handbell compositions. His setting of the Latin Requiem text premiered on April 8, 2001, with full orchestra and choir, at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, where Michael has served as Minister of Music since 1998. Its ten-year anniversary presentations on April 10, 2011 received tremendous acclaim. On June 11, 2017 – his 40th birthday – Michael made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting the work in New York City’s iconic venue.

An active member of the American Composers Forum (ACF), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and the Worship Arts (FUMMWA), Handbell Musicians of America, and Mensa, Michael participates in many extracurricular and educational pursuits. He serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus (Rocky Mount, NC). He is a dynamic, energizing musician who connects well with people and music, and as such is sought after for conducting engagements throughout the country and abroad.

As a composer, Michael keeps busy with commissions and his own projects, and he strives to creatively advance the art of handbell ringing. He was awarded a first prize in the 2006 Soundprint Productions Composition Contest for his original jazz handbell piece, Celerity; as well as first prize in the 2007 Bells of the Sound “Three Ring Circus” Composition Contest for Bumping Noses. His first published choral piece, Welcome the King (an SATB carol accompanied by solo viola), won the 2009 VocalEssence "Welcome Christmas" composition contest. In 2013, Michael was commissioned by Malmark Bellcraftsmen to compose the Concerto for Cymbells, a multi-movement symphonic work featuring a virtuosic part for a solo percussionist on the Cymbells instrument.

Career highlights include conducting the East Texas Handbell Ensemble in ringing his first published handbell piece, Carnivale, at the 2007 AGEHR National Seminar’s opening concert in Dallas; as well as a designer of and the inaugural conductor for the annual Anthornis events for advanced ringers in Minneapolis (and its counterpart, Anthornis North, in Fargo). Summer 2013 marked his international conducting debut, as a conductor for the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain Ringing Residency Week in Sheffield, England; a return engagement was almost immediately booked for 2015, and then, 2017. He has also conducted in the Eastern Caribbean and eastern Canada; engagements are currently contracted for Hong Kong, Austria, Singapore and western Canada.

In his admittedly limited spare time, Michael enjoys weightlifting, yoga and gourmet cooking. Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at www.michaeljglasgow.com and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.