Glasgow is named distinguished composer, conductor

Last month, De La Salle Collegiate alumnus Michael Glasgow was named Distinguished Composer and Conductor with MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International. 

MidAmerica Productions brings together conductors, soloists, and choral and instrumental ensembles from the United States and abroad to appear at New York City’s top venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. 

"Michael brought MAP the New York premiere of his Requiem in 2017, and from the outset I knew he was a force to be reckoned with in the world of choral music,” said MidAmerica Productions founder Peter Tiboris. "The European premiere of the work, which MidAm presented in Vienna in June last year was another triumph in what promises to be a fruitful relationship."

Glasgow, who graduated from De La Salle in 1994, has composed four musical plays, as well as numerous original choral, orchestral, and handball compositions. 

His Latin Requiem premiered in April 2001, and he conducted the work at Carnegie Hall on his 40th birthday in 2017. He also conducted the European premiere in Vienna this summer. 

“MidAmerica is about more than the business of concertising,” he said. “The company has a drive to curate a repertoire of excellent musical talent from page to podium. To be named as Distinguished Composer and Conductor with one of New York’s preeminent production companies is a tremendously humbling distinction.” 

Glasgow has been Minister of Music at North Raleigh United Methodist Church since 1998. He is an active member of the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

He has fulfilled more than 40 commissions, and his music has won numerous accolades and recognitions in composition contests. His concerto for Castings, a multi-movement symphonic work, will premiere in Hong Kong next year. 

Glasgow is sought after for conducting engagements throughout the country and abroad. He made his international conducting debut in 2013 with the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, and returned in 2015 and again in 2017. He has also conducted in the Eastern Carribean, Canada, Austria, and Singapore. 

An honors graduate from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Glasgow holds degrees in music/theory composition and in journalism. He earned a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University in Wisconsin, with a double emphasis in both choral and handbell music. 

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