Composer, Educator, Performer, Classical Music Advocate
Biography


Erica Glenn holds a bachelor's in Music Theory and Composition with an emphasis in piano performance from Arizona State University and an M.M. in Music Composition from the Longy School of Music.  She is currently pursuing an Ed.M. (The Arts in Education) at Harvard.  Erica has taught privately for over a decade, and in 2012, she became adjunct faculty at Dean College (musical theatre) as well as an instructor of piano, voice, and composition at The Franklin School for the Performing Arts.  She has directed music programs and taught professionally throughout Boston and Manhattan and has worked as an arranger and music director for Charles Strouse (composer of Annie, Bye-Bye Birdie)Her most recent original musical, The Weaver of Raveloe, appeared at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival and is slated to premiere at the American Repertory Theatre's second stage, Oberon, in 2014.

Erica has performed lead roles in over a dozen musicals, including Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Maria in The Sound of Music.  She has given solo voice and piano 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 under the baton of Doreen Rao.   Erica has conducted several choruses herself and has music directed at Emerson College, The Soul Arts Academy, Arizona State University, and at various community theaters.   In 2013, Erica was selected to participate on scholarship in the inaugural ASCAP Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductor's Program where she conducted an orchestra of musicians from Broadway's Wicked in "Defying Gravity."

Erica composed her first piano solo at age six, won Brigham Young University's Composition Competition at age nine, and penned a full-length award-winning musical at age twelve.  Her choral compositions have been commissioned by groups such as the Chanticleer Singers, the Utah Children's Choir, and the Voices of Zion.  In 2000, her full-length musical, Dancing Shoes, was awarded “Best Play of the Year” at the Valley Center Playhouse, and in 2004, her children’s musical, Between the Lines, placed first in the VIP Arts Competition.  Six of Erica's scripts are currently available through LazyBee Publications, and these have received performances throughout the US, the UK, and as far away as Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Australia, and Ukraine.


Erica's classical compositions have been performed under the direction of Sam Pilafin (founder of the Empire Brass Quintet); Steinway Artist, Walter Cosand; Longitude conductor, Paul Brust; and cellist, Christopher Costanza.  In 2006, the St. Lawrence String Quartet read her first string quartet, and soprano Carole Fitzpatrick (who has sung over 60 major roles in German opera houses) recorded one of Erica's art songs.   In 2010, the Longitude New Music Ensemble performed her song cycle, Portrait of Ukraine, and the following year, soprano Karyl Ryczek and pianist Wayman Chin premiered her setting of Denise Levertov's "That Passeth All Understanding" as part of the annual SeptemberFest at the Longy School of Music.  Erica won the 2006 Chanticleer Student Composer Competition for her choral work, "Gather Ye Rosebuds," and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Sorel Medallion Composition Competition for "Jabberwocky," also for SATB chorus.   More recently, she was a winner in the international Opera-in-a-Month competition sponsored by VocalWorks and was commissioned to write a Christmas piece for the 25th anniversary of the renowned Utah Children's Choir.  In both 2011 and 2012, she won the Longy Graduation Processional/Recessional Competition which culminated in performances by the Redline Brass Quintet.


Erica studied on a Nadia and Lili Boulanger Scholarship at the Longy School of Music where she served as the Theory Department Assistant.  She also worked as an Experiential Education Assistant, establishing a children's musical theatre and private piano program in a low-income area. Erica has studied composition with John Morrison, Paul Brust, Jody Rockmaker, and Randall Shinn and has met for private sessions with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers John Corigliano and Michael Colgrass.  She publishes with Pelican Music and, in connection with Pelican, has been a featured composer at the International Women's Brass Conference. 

From 2005-06, Erica served as President of the ASU Chapter of the Society of Composers and headed coordination efforts for the 2006 Society of Composers National Student Conference in Tempe.  She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Arizona State University where she studied on the Louise Lincoln Kerr Composition Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship. She also studied on scholarship for a semester at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and became a founding member/composer for a large-scale musical humanitarian effort ("Life for Linda").  Erica also founded the DreamMaker Workshop: A Musical Theater Company for People with Special Needs and was given the Violet Richardson Award for her service.


Praise for Erica's music from living composers:


"Full of drama and rich in harmonic and melodic substance." (Charles Strouse)

"Gently lyrical with darker episodes."  (Ed Hughes)

"Distinctly American."  (John Corigliano)