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Michael J. Glasgow

Michael J. Glasgow is originally from Michigan.  He holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition and in journalism; as well as a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Wisconsin as a rare double-emphasis student, in both choral and handbell music.

In addition to his full-time position as the Minister of Music at North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC), Michael serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus.  He is a dynamic, energizing conductor who connects well with people and music, and as such is sought after for conducting engagements throughout the country.  Summer 2013 marked his international conducting debut, with the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain Ringing Residency Week in Sheffield, England; a return engagement was booked for 2015, followed by one for 2017.  He was also a conductor on the 2015 Bells of the Cascades Eastern Caribbean Handbell Cruise, and will conduct in Canada in 2017.  On June 11, 2017 – his 40th birthday – Michael will conduct a massed choir and orchestra performing his Requiem at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall.

As a composer, Michael keeps busy with commissions and his own projects, and has been honored with numerous composition awards for organ, handbell and choral works.  His first published choral piece, Welcome the King (an SATB carol accompanied by solo viola), won the 2009 VocalEssence “Welcome Christmas” composition contest.  In 2013, Michael was commissioned by Malmark Bellcraftsmen to compose the Concerto for Cymbells, a multi-movement symphonic work featuring a virtuosic part for a solo percussionist on the Cymbells instrument.

Michael is proud to be an integral part in the development of new handbell events, having served as inaugural conductor for the annual Anthornis events for advanced ringers in Minneapolis, and its counterpart, Anthornis North in Fargo.  He also serves as the editor for the Handbell Musicians of America Area 3 newsletter, The Bell-O-Gram, and is a member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Mensa, and several other professional organizations.  Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at www.michaeljglasgow.com and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.

 

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Our TIN Conductor

Terry Head has been in music ministry for over 22 years, and begins his tenure at First-St. Andrew’s United Church in London, ON in September 2016.  He most recently spent 5 years at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, ON.  Terry holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Emmanuel College and the University of Toronto.  Also, he has A.R.C.T. diplomas in both performing and teaching disciplines, as well as completing post-graduate work at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Artist-Teacher Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould Professional School, and is a Colleague with the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Directing handbells has been an integral part of worship leadership for Terry over the years, and has had the pleasure of ringing for a time with the Bronze Foundation as well as Bronze Reflections Quintet, and Double Bronze duo.  A committed teacher, he also enjoys offering workshops in handbell ringing techniques and has helped choirs begin the initial stages of ringing handbells.  For the past 8 years, Terry has been on the faculty at Lakefield Music where he teaches handbells to beginners and advanced ensemble ringing.