Short Bio/CV

Erica Kyree Glenn has led choirs at Dean College and Arizona State University where she led the Women's Chorus until 2019, served as Chorus Master for School of Music operas, and taught Beginning Conducting.   She is the founder of VirtualChoirConductor.com and directs the International Virtual children's Choir.  Erica also music directs at the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ and the Fountain Hills Theatre and is a co-founder of the ASU Women's Collaborative.

In 2020, Erica was named a Conducting Fellow in the Cortona Sessions for New Music, attended the Kodaly Music Institute, and was hired by the Kennedy Center to generate video content as a Music Teaching Artist.  She also received a 2020-21 Fulbright Grant to Ukraine and a $25,000 American Councils Grant.  In 2019, Erica received ASU's GPSA Teaching Excellence Award, a Department of State Title VIII Grant for Eastern European Research and Training, and full funding to guest conduct the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in workshop. Erica holds a BM and MM in Music Theory and Composition as well as an Ed.M. in The Arts in Education from Harvard, where she conducted empirical research under Dr. Howard Gardner and presented at the Harvard Arts in Education Conference. In 2015, Erica received a grant to study the healing effects of Dalcroze Eurhythmics on Russian orphans with Reactive Attachment Disorder and presented an interest session at the 2016 Western Division ACDA Conference.

 

Erica also spent three years developing an innovative and collaborative performing arts department at the American International School of Utah as the founding Performing Arts Director. Her choirs consistently received superior markings at state festivals, took first in statewide competitions, and were featured in PBS specials and concerts alongside national icons.  As a composer and arranger, Erica has worked with Charles Strouse, Richard Maltby, Jason Robert Brown, and the music directors of several Broadway shows. Her choral compositions have been commissioned by choirs across America, and her first opera won VocalWorks' International Opera-in-a-Month Competition. Her most recent musical received both a developmental reading at the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival and a 2014 world premiere at the American Repertory Theater. Erica currently publishes with LazyBee Scripts, and her shows have been performed throughout the US, the UK, and as far away as Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong. 

 

Current research interests include the cognitive science behind audience perception of conducting gesture and the lost history and music of the early 20th century Ukrainian composer Stefania Turkewich. 

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

 

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

L'viv, Ukraine (2020):  Fulbright Grant and American Councils Grant for Research.

Boston and NYC (2020):  Lecture tour; Creative Constellations Grant and Melikian Center Research Fund Grant.

Tempe, AZ (2017-20):  Full Teaching Assistantship and Choral Scholarship; GPSA Teaching Excellence Award (ASU)

Kyiv, Ukraine (2019): Department of State Title VIII Grant for Eastern European Research and Training​L::

  • Private Conducting Lessons:  Alla Kulbaba (Director of the National Opera of Ukraine)

  • Dissertation research  ("Stefania Turkewich: The Lost History and Works of a Female Composer from Ukraine")

Chattanooga, TN (2019):  ASU Grant to Guest Conduct the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in workshop

Tbilisi, Georgia (2018):  CLS Scholarship; Tbilisi State University  ​​

  • Guest soloist: Tbilisi State University Gordela Choir

Baton Rouge, LA (2018):  A2RU Scholarship; Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities - Emerging Creatives Student Summit

St. Petersburg, Russia (2015):  AISU Grant; “Wholeness Through the Arts: A Therapeutic Singing/Movement Program"

Kyustendil, Bulgaria (2015):  AISU Grant; International Chamber Music Academy 

  • Guest soloist: World premiere (two celli, voice) at the Kyustendil International Chamber Music Festival

 

New York City (2013):  ASCAP Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program Full Scholarship 

  • Conductor: Performance with the orchestra/leads from Broadway’s Wicked

  • Private Conducting Lessons: Mat Eisenstein; master classes with David Evans, Cherie Rosen; observations of Broadway pit orchestras 

 

New York City (2011):  Strouse, Inc. and Soul Arts Academy - Paid Internship

  • Music Assistant (transcriber, arranger, assistant music director) for Broadway’s Charles Strouse

  • Music Program Director:  Summer music programs at the Soul Arts Academy

 

Cambridge, MA (2010-12):  Nadia and Lili Boulanger Composition Scholarship, Music Theory Teaching Assistantship, Educational Outreach

Assistanship (the Longy School of Music)

Falmer, UK (2006):  Louise Lincoln Kerr Composition Scholarship for study at the University of Sussex (Music Department)​

  • Solo piano recital; soprano with the Brighton Festival Chorus and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tempe, AZ (2004-07):  Full National Merit Scholarship (ASU, Barrett Honors College)

CHORAL AWARDS (as a conductor)

Madrigals  

  • 1st Place, Intermountain West USF Competition  (2015)

  • Showcased Choir, Intermountain West USF Competition (2016)

 AISU Chamber Choir   

  • 1st Place, Kurt Bestor High School Choir Competition (2015)

  • Superior ratings, region/state solo/ensemble and UMEA festivals (2015, 2016)

  • The only high school choir selected to guest perform in the Utah Valley University Spring Concert (2017)

AISU Symphonic Chorale

  • Featured performers, Tim Janis' “Across America” PBS Special alongside Dallyn Vail Bayles  (2016)

  • Featured performers, Shaun Barrowes music videos and livestream concerts (2015-17)

  • Superior ratings, region/state UHSAA festivals (2015, 2016)

CONFERENCE INVITATIONS

Session Presenter (2019):  ACDA-AZ Student Symposium (Tempe, AZ).

  • "Unlocking the Magic of Movement for Singers with Disabilities"

​Paper Presentation (2019): AATSEEL-AZ Slavic Conference (Tucson, AZ). 

  • “Song as Expression of Ukrainian Identity in the Ukrainian War (2013-present)”

Session Presenter:  Regional ACDA Conference (Pasadena, CA, 2016).

  • “Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Singing Therapy with Russian Orphans”

Accepted Poster (2016):  Northeast Music Cognition Group Conference at Harvard (Boston, MA).

 

Invited Presenter (2014):  Sesame Workshop and the Harvard BRIDGE Educational Enterprise Competition (Boston, MA).​

Session Presenter  (2013): Harvard's Reimagining Relationships Arts in Education Conference (Boston, MA).

  • “Background to Foreground: Renegotiating Relationships in the Orchestral World"

Research Presentation (2013):  Dr. Howard Gardner - Harvard Graduate School of Education (Boston, MA).     

  • “Excellence in 21st Century Classical Composition: Realigning Community Structure with Aesthetic Philosophy” 

Featured Composer (2006):  International Women in Brass Conference (Normal, IL).

POSITIONS

 

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ, 2018-present)​

  •  Conductor of the Arizona State University Women’s Chorus

    • Two world premieres by female composers (2018, 2019)

  • Lead Instructor, Beginning Conducting

    • Recipient of the 2019 GPSA Teaching Excellence Award

  • Chorus Master - ASU Lyric Opera Theater

    • Ecce Homo (Behold, the Man!) - Semi-Staged World Premiere - 2018

    • Bartered Bride (Directors Dale Dreyfuss and Brian DeMaris) - 2017

  • Assistant Conductor, ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

    • Assisted in preparing choirs for a performance of Beethoven’s Mass at Carnegie Hall (2018)

Fountain Hills Theatre (Fountain Hills, AZ, 2019-present)

  • Music Director 

 

United Church of Christ (Sun Lakes, AZ, 2017-present)

  • Music Director / Conductor, United Church of Christ Chancel Choir and Bell Choir

 

American International School of Utah (SLC, UT, 2014-17)

  • Senior Management and Performing Arts Director

  • Conductor: Chamber Choir, Madrigals, Symphonic Chorale, Middle School Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Children’s Choir.

    • Performances with Jerold Ottley (Tabernacle Choir), Kurt Bestor, Lexi Walker, Dallyn Bayles; workshop with Ola Gjelo. 

    • World premieres: “Winter’s Light” (Aaron Kenny, 2016), “Love Came Down” (Glenn, 2015).

  • ​Honored Finalist: Utah Association of Public Charter Schools “Teacher of the Year," 2016.

Dean College (Franklin, MA, 2012-2013)

  • Music Theatre Adjunct Faculty / Showcase Director 

 

Franklin School for the Performing Arts  (Franklin, MA, 2012-13)

  • Music Faculty (voice/piano) 

American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA, 2013)

  •  Educational Outreach Intern

 

Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston, MA, 2013)

  • Accompanist and Summer Program Music Director

 

Longfellow Park Church (Cambridge, MA, 2010-11 and 2013-14)

  • Choir Conductor

The Longy School of Music (Boston, MA, 2010-12)

  • Theory Department Graduate Assistant

  • Experiential Education Assistant

  • Substitute Teacher (Undergraduate Level); Theory and Keyboard Tutor / Adjudicator

  • Nominee:  Washington DC Creativity Foundation Legacy Prize

 

Cambridge Community Center (Cambridge, MA, 2010-12)

  • Music and Arts Education Director 

Soul Arts Performing Academy (NYC, 2011)

  • Music Director / Program Coordinator 

 

Emerson College  (Boston,  MA,  2011)

  • Music Director 

EDUCATION

 

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), Arizona State University: Choral Conducting, 2020. 

 

EdM (Master of Education), Harvard:  The Arts in Education, 2014.

 

MM (Master of Music), The Longy School of Music (Boston): Music Composition, 2012.

 

BM (Bachelor of Music), Arizona State University: Music Theory and Composition, 2007.

© 2020 by Erica Glenn