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Dr. Wayne (Sandy) Glass

General Details

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 career as a performer and educator. Comfortable as musician, 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 and German.

On a Fulbright scholarship, he travelled to Amsterdam to study historical vocal performance practice, while at the same time completing a research project on the secular songs of 17th-century Lutheran pastor, Johann Rist. In The Netherlands, Sandy 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.

Upon receipt of his doctorate in choral conducting and theatre studies, 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 was involved with a number of arts organisations in the area, including the Sapphire Coast Concert Band and Big Band, with whom he played clarinet and bari sax. In 2017, he was appointed Director of the Concert Band. In 2016, he founded the chamber choir, Spirit Allegro, of which he also served as conductor and artistic director. With Spectrum Theatre Group, Sandy served as Music Director of “The Addams Family Musical”, in which he also starred as Uncle Fester. In 2017, he was awarded Best Actor in a Featured Role at the Canberra Area Theatre Awards for his role as Brother Boy in Spectrum’s production of “Sordid Lives”.

Sandy moved to Melbourne in early 2018. When not practicing, performing or teaching, he can be found exploring the food, culture and off-leash dog parks the city has to offer.

These details were last updated on July 28, 2018