Dr. Scott Glysson is Cal Poly’s director of choral activities. He has been recognized for his achievements in conducting in both the choral and orchestral genres. As the conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he has performed both nationally and internationally. Recent engagements include the Mozart Requiem with the Pazadrzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, and the Dan Forrest Requiem with members of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland. Under his leadership as the artistic director of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the group’s excellence was recognized through an invitation to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in March of 2014. As a graduate student, Glysson was honored as one of eight finalists from across the country to compete in the National Choral Conducting Competition sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.
Previously, Glysson served as director of choral activities at West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has also held the position of assistant director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, director of music at Floris United Methodist Church, artistic director and founder of the Floris Concert Series, assistant conductor of the Reston Chorale and teaching positions at several high schools in the Washington, D.C., area.
An active scholar and educator, Glysson has presented and published in the fields of music education and musicology. In 2011, he was honored by the invitation to present his research on the motets of the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society. As a board member of the Arizona State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, he has published several articles and reviews. Glysson’s dissertation and current research centers on the choral motets of Camille Saint-Saëns and the 19th-century cecilian movement.
Glysson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He also holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from George Mason University.