Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) voice performance & German language, Master of Music - choral conducting & clarinet, Doctor of Musical Arts - choral conducting & theatre studies, Fulbright scholarship - Academy of Early Music Amsterdam - voice performance & musicology, Post-baccalaureate studies - theatre education & German language education
Sandy Glass has enjoyed a varied career as a performer and educator. Comfortable as performer, actor, conductor and academic, he has worked in the US, Canada, The Netherlands and Australia. After a musical upbringing devoted to the clarinet, his voice was discovered during a high-school music theatre audition, and at the age of fifteen he pursued advanced vocal studies, culminating in a degree summa cum laude in vocal performance from the University of Arkansas, his home state.
Awarded a Fulbright scholarship at the age of 23, he travelled to Amsterdam to study early vocal performance practice, while at the same time completing a research project on the 17th–century songs of Lutheran pastor, Johann Rist. In The Netherlands, Dr. Glass gained considerable performing experience, particularly with the highly acclaimed Netherlands Chamber Choir. In North America, he has performed with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Washington Bach Consort, Hesperus, Folger Consort, Opera Lafayette, Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Tucson Chamber Artists.
Following a successful career as a singer, he studied choral conducting under Maurice Skones and Bruce Chamberlain at the University of Arizona. His doctoral research and performance project involved a fully staged production of a 17th-century madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri. While in Arizona, he founded and sang with the professional vocal quintet, Whisper Muse! and served as music director of the University of Arizona Collegium Musicum.
Following receipt of his doctorate in choral conducting and theatre studies from the University of Arizona, he moved to Sydney, where he has worked as a conductor of Sydney University Musical Society and Coro Innominata, as well as in a number of light opera and musical theatre productions.
In 2014 he relocated to the far South Coast of NSW and has been involved ever since with a number of arts organisations in the area, including the Sapphire Coast Concert Band (clarinet, bari sax), Sapphire Coast Big Band (bari sax), and Spectrum Theatre Group (actor, music director). In 2016, he founded the chamber choir, Spirit Allegro, of which he also serves as conductor and artistic director.
When not practicing, performing or teaching (voice, clarinet, conducting, musicianship), he can be found with his Kelpie frolicking in the surf at one of the area’s dog-friendly beaches.
These details were last updated on July 21, 2016