Erica Glenn – Performing Arts Director
Erica Glenn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Theory and Composition from Arizona State University and the Longy School of Music and an Ed.M. in The Arts in Education from Harvard. While at Harvard, Erica presented at the 2013 Arts in Education Conference, engaged with cutting-edge research from Project Zero (the country’s pre-eminent research center for arts education), became a semi-finalist in the BRIDGE Educational Enterprise competition, worked in the Educational Outreach Department at the American Repertory Theater (a frequent launching pad for Broadway shows), studied with the designers of Multiple Intelligence Theory and Universal Design for Learning, partnered with the creators of Sesame Street to create a digitally-based learning platform for children, and conducted empirical research under the guidance of Howard Gardner. At Longy, she served as an Experiential Education Assistant, establishing a children’s musical theatre and private piano program in a low-income area of Boston.
Erica has taught music privately for over a decade and has been faculty at Dean College (MA), the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (MA), and the Soul Arts Academy (NYC). She is also a co-founder of various arts organizations, camps for children, and choral groups throughout UT, AZ, Boston, and NYC. She studied both choral and orchestral conducting at ASU, Longy, and Harvard. Erica has performed lead roles in over a dozen musicals, and she directs, music directs, and produces at the community, professional, and college levels. As a vocalist and pianist, she has given recitals internationally and has sung with the Brighton Festival Chorus and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Tuscany International Children’s Chorus (among others). In 2013, Erica participated on scholarship in the ASCAP Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductor’s Program which culminated in a performance with cast and orchestra members from Broadway’s Wicked.As a composer, arranger, and playwright, Erica has worked with Charles Strouse (composer of Annie, Bye-Bye Birdie), Richard Maltby (writer of Miss Saigon, Miss Potter), Jason Robert Brown (composer of The Last 5 Years, Songs for a New World), and the music directors of several Broadway shows (Newsies, Wicked, Cinderella, Annie, Lion King).
Her choral compositions have been commissioned by choirs across America, and her first opera won the international Opera-in-a-Month competition sponsored by VocalWorks. Erica’s chamber works have won the Chanticleer Student Composer and Longy Graduation Composition Competitions and have been performed under the direction of Sam Pilafin (founder of the Empire Brass Quintet); Steinway Artist, Walter Cosand; Longitude conductor, Paul Brust; and St. Lawrence String Quartet cellist, Christopher Costanza. In 2000, her full-length musical, Dancing Shoes, was awarded “Best Play of the Year” at a Utah theater, and four years later, her children’s musical, Between the Lines, placed first in the VIP Arts Competition. Her most recent musical, The Weaver of Raveloe, received both a developmental reading at the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival and a 2014 world premiere at the American Repertory Theater’s second stage, OBERON. 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.
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