David M. Glasgow
I’m a musical mutt. Over the course of my three decades as a professional musician, I’ve performed, accompanied, and directed classical repertory (including composers such as Josquin and Ockeghem, Mozart and Beethoven, Lauridsen and Whitacre); musical theatre (Hammerstein and Porter, Bernstein and Sondheim, Larson and Brown); jazz (Ellington, Hancock, Coltrane, Gillespie); gospel (Smallwood, Franklin); and pop (Mraz, Mars, P!nk, Bareilles). I’ve collaborated with UU “rock stars” Jeannie Gagné, Jason Shelton, and Sarah Dan Jones, and with MCC evangelists Prentice T. Minner and Delores Berry.
Theologically, too, I’ve enjoyed quite a journey. My father’s family was American Baptist, and my mother’s parents were Irish and Roman Catholic. Throughout my childhood our family was active in United Methodist congregations, but I earned my M.Div. from a United Church of Christ seminary (while studying biblical Hebrew at a nearby synagogue) and served a Metropolitan Community Church as associate pastor for a couple of years before finding my way to Unitarian Universalism.
Some of my best growth, however, has been a direct result of my connection with the larger Unitarian Universalist Association and beyond. Whether I’m serving the movement in a leadership role—wearing the “hat” of lay coordinator for the Joseph Priestley District and Central East Regional Worship Arts Festivals, of music coordinator for the UUA General Assemblies (a position I served from 2012-2014), or of Good Offices Person for the UU Musicians Network—or simply gleaning the wisdom of my colleagues at UUMN conferences or at interfaith events that resonate with our movement’s anti-racist, anti-oppression, multi-cultural ethics, I find that my confidence (and competence!) as a music professional and as a person of faith is fed most by connections with those outside my usual circles of daily life.
All of this history comes in handy as UUCV’s music director! Our movement encourages us to seek inspiration and wisdom in a variety of sources, so it’s good to have a diverse “toolkit” to draw from as our worship themes and images change from week to week.
Outside of UUCV, I teach private music lessons (in voice, piano, theory, and songwriting) both at my home studio in Boiling Springs, and at the Open Stage of Harrisburg Studio School. I also serve Open Stage as their resident music director and sound designer, and provide direction in the musical theatre program at the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg. And I enjoy frequent opportunities to accompany and perform in theatre and cabaret events around the midstate. My husband Mark and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2015, and share a beautiful but not-often-tidy home with our four feline “kids”: Tobias, Sophia, Stewart, and Jake.
I ramble on at even greater length about myself, my teaching, and my other musical endeavors at davidmglasgow.com.