|Country||United States of America|
|Categories||Classical, Musical, Sacred|
Erica Glenn (b. 1986) composed her first piano solo at age six, was a winner in Brigham Young University's Composition Competition at age nine, penned a full-length award-winning musical that was performed at two different theaters at age twelve, and hasn't stopped creating music since. Erica's choral compositions have been performed by the Arizona State University Women’s Chorus, the Pleasant Grove High Chamber Choir, the Utah Children’s Choir, the Miracle Singers, the Renaissance Singers, and various other groups (including a scheduled performance by the ASU Symphonic Chorale). 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. Erica has published six of her scripts through LazyBee Publications, and they have received dozens of performances throughout the US, the UK, and as far away as Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Australia, and Ukraine.
Erica's compositions have been performed under the direction of Sam Pilafin (founder of the Empire Brass Quintet), Steinway Artist, Walter Cosand, 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. Erica also 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. Her most recent composition recitals have taken place at Arizona State University (Senior Honors Recital) and the Mariupol College of Music in Ukraine.
Erica has studied with Jody Rockmaker and Randall Shinn and has met for private sessions with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers John Corigliano and Michael Colgrass. Erica publishes with Pelican Music and, in connection with Pelican, has been a featured composer at the International Women's Brass Conference. Erica served as President of the Society of Composers from 2005-2006 and headed coordination efforts for the 2006 Society of Composers National Student Conference in Tempe. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a BM in composition 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"). Earlier, she founded the DreamMaker Workshop: A Musical Theater Company for People with Special Needs and was given the Violet Richardson Award for her service.
British composer Ed Hughes describes Erica's music as "gently lyrical with darker episodes," Russian musicologist Alla Pavlova calls it "truly wonderful," and John Corigliano dubs her style "distinctly American." Erica currently studies with John Morrison at the Longy School of Music on the Nadia Boulanger scholarship and a theory assistantship.