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.”
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. She has collaborated with many musicians including Joshua Bell, Robin Thicke, Gil Shaham, The Eagles, Mikail Kopelman, 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 performs as Assistant Principal in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, in the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and as Principal of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She spends her summers traveling to festivals including the Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also graced the orchestral scene as a member of the New World Symphony, 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 a member of the adjunct faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music and maintains a private studio. She 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.
Dr. Glen completed her BM at Indiana University, where she studied under the renowned performer and pedagogues, Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She earned her MM and DMA, studying under esteemed professor Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello, Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors, and/or dancing.