Director of Bands
Why I Chose Hartt
I know this is the "Why I Chose Hartt" portion of the website but in my case I would like to turn the tables a bit and rename it as "Why I Was Lucky Enough to be Chosen By Hartt." When I interviewed at Hartt for the Director of Bands position I instantly knew that this was a place that I would be able to engage in music making at a very high level. But it was more than just the incredible faculty and talented students that attracted me to the job; it was the desire to push the envelope of music presentation and engage in new ideas about music's relevance to our society and our profession that I felt was possible at Hartt. The Hartt school has a philosophy of an education grounded in the traditions of the repertoire while ever expanding the search for new ways of engaging music, theatre and dance. I have always felt that taking a risk on an experimental way of presenting music is worth the failure because it still pushes the art form forward. Hartt is a place where risks are embraced and students and faculty are encouraged to engage in new and exciting ways, always in search of creating art that is relevant to today's society. I am passionate about new music and bring as much new music as possible to the ensembles that I conduct. I have been fortunate to be able to conduct over 30 world premieres in the past decade with ensembles at Hartt. Further, through our "Unclaimed Property" Composer in Residence Series, I have been able to bring some of the finest composers in the world to our campus to work on their music. Over the past eight years of the residency, we have had Michael Daugherty, Joseph Schwantner, Susan Botti, Bright Sheng, Michael Colgrass, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon and John Corigliano on our campus for performances, coachings and masterclasses of their music. Hartt is a place that is alive with new ideas in music, theatre and dance and the energy that is created by this seamless mixing of the performing arts at the Hartt School is the reason that I was thrilled to accept the offer to be on the faculty more than a decade ago and the reason I continue to love working here more than ten years later!.
More about Glen
Glen Adsit is the Director of Bands and the Associate Director of the Instrumental Studies Division at The Hartt School, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Foot in the Door ensemble and guides all aspects of the graduate wind conducting degrees. Professor Adsit was appointed the Director of Bands at The Hartt School in the fall of 2000 following an appointment as the Associate Director of Bands at the University of New Mexico. From 1986 to 1992 he taught at both the junior high and high school levels in the Plymouth-Canton School District in Michigan.
For more information please visit his full bio on our website.
ABOVE: Prof. Adsit in Beijing as a guest conductor at the Beijing International Composition Festival in July, 2012.