Hilary Glen, cellist, has been praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument.”
With a mission to promote inclusive and intentional programming, her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to produce interactive chamber music events that feature the works of historically excluded composers. She has presented her research in this area at multiple National Conferences for the College Music Society. Her duo, Gibbs St. Duo, was formed with the mission to bring awareness to disregarded composers of Cello/Piano repertoire.
Making her stage debut at the age of 6, Dr. Glen caught the performing bug early. Extremely versatile, she has played rock shows, orchestral concerts and everything in between. Dr. Glen has enjoyed performing on a mountainside in the Italian Alps, Carnegie Hall, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Bliss Center in Belize. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with many musicians including Stephen Wyrczynski, Naoko Tanaka, Catharine Carroll-Lees, Cornelia Heard, Alan Harris, Jayoung Kim, Mikail Kopelman, Sun Min Kim, and Futaba Niekawa. She has been in concert with Joshua Bell, Robin Thicke, Gil Shaham, The Eagles, The Temptations, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman, The Who, and John Adams.
As a passionate chamber musician, Dr. Glen coordinates and performs with several small ensembles that have played at a wide variety of national and international venues including the Kennedy Center, as well as local schools, churches, coffee shops, hospitals, sidewalks, and senior living centers. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to produce interactive chamber music events, as well as full orchestra concerts such as her New World Symphony music and wine pairing event, Heard it Through the Grapevine.
Dr. Glen currently performs as the Assistant Principal in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Principal of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and is a section member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She spends her summers traveling to festivals including the Des Moines Metro Opera. Outside of the region, she has graced the orchestral scene as a member of the New World Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Additionally, she teaches Suzuki and traditional cello lessons at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Dr. Glen recently completed a one-year position at the University of Alabama where she helped increase the visibility of the cello program by starting the first-ever Cello Day at the school. She regularly visits schools to present experience-based workshops and is dedicated to bringing music to underserved areas. In Rochester, Dr. Glen teaches through the El Sistema-based program ROC Music, and at IU she co-founded a New Horizons orchestra for adult learners and an adult summer chamber music program.
Dr. Glen completed her BM at Indiana University, where she studied under the renowned performer and pedagogue, Janos Starker. She earned her MM and DMA, studying under esteemed teacher Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. Other influential teachers include Helga Winold, Susan Moses, David Ying, and Jean Barr. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors, and/or dancing.