Gregory Thomas Glancey
Music became part of Greg Glancey’s life at an early age. Often forced to stay indoors during the long, frigid Wisconsin winters, Greg picked up the guitar to combat his cabin fever. Spending long hours learning pop and rock songs of the sixties, seventies and eighties fired up in Greg an insatiable passion for the guitar, as well as a desire to make music his life pursuit. While teaching guitar and working as a professional guitarist in various Milwaukee based rock/pop bands, Greg discovered his talent for creating his own music. This eventually led him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied composition and classical guitar. Greg received numerous composition awards and commissions before graduating with a Bachelors of Music in composition. Knowing full well that this was merely just the tip of a vast ice burg, Greg went on to complete his Masters and Ph.D. in composition from Stony Brook University in New York. Greg’s compositional style embodies a unique blend of traditional and progressive musical elements. His love and respect for classical music (Renaissance through Modern) can be heard in his moving melodies, contrapuntal textures and rich harmonic language. And his affinity for pop and film music infuse his writing with sonic freshness and rhythmic energy.
He is frequently commissioned and his music has been programed throughout the United States, as well as featured in a number of independent films. Currently Greg is the Assistant Chair of Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Formerly he taught music theory, composition, arranging and music technology at Vanguard University of Southern California. From 2005- 2014, he also served as the Guitar Area Coordinator, and in that time started and directed the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble. Together with guitarist and friend Michael Anthony Nigro, he helped build a guitar program at Vanguard University that now has three quality guitar instructors, a touring guitar ensemble and an annual guitar festival.
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