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John Glover

Brooklyn, NY   

Described as “an unabashedly expressive composer,” (New Yorker) John Glover has created music for concert, opera, dance, and theater. He has received commissions from organizations including Houston Grand Opera, New York Youth Symphony, On Site Opera, Ensemble Echappe,  Washington National Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Amber Sloan Dance, Crossman Dans(c)e, String Noise, and the Five Boroughs Music Festival. His work has been presented in venues ranging from Rockwood Music Hall to Carnegie Hall, The Invisible Dog to the Rothko Chapel.

His song cycle Natural Systems was described as a “vivid score ranging from energetic swirls to a gentle, enigmatic conclusion.” (New York Times). John has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants for his music from organizations including New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Cambodia Living Arts, Cherry Valley Artworks, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In addition to his work as a composer, John serves as the Director of Artistic Planning for Kaufman Music Center, and the residency Artistic Director of the Look and Listen Festival.

Recent projects include Antiology a mashup of new songs, a community-sourced jam band, and book reading with author Dana Spiotta; the multimedia work Snow created with choreographer Jordan Morley for toy-pianist Phyllis Chen at the Detroit Institute of Art; and The Scent of Their Roses Does Not Remain for pianist Brianna Maetzke’s Response Project commission series.

Current projects include original music and sound design for the immersive theater work HEREafter by choreographer Kelly Bartnik; commissions for Ensemble Echappe and Blythe Gaissert; and the 2020/21 world premiere of STAY, a new opera with librettist Kelley Rourke, commissioned by On Site Opera. 

Salt Mound (excerpt from ‘Life Cycles’)

excerpt from the work ‘Life Cycles’
for flute, viola, live electronics, and live projections
based paintings by Mark Mastroiani
Andrew Rehrig, flute
Liuh-Wen Ting, viola
John Glover, electronics

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Lucy: A Memory Opera

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for full orchestra
perf Donald Crockett and the USC Symphony

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