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 Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, and the Dan Forrest Requiem with members of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland. 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 (ACDA). Glysson was recently selected to represent the U.S. in the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program Fellowship. He and five other conductors will travel to Kenya this summer to work with choirs from across the country. Glysson will conduct the Nairobi Women’s Chorus in Nairobi. In May 2019 he will conduct a performance of John Rutter’s “Requiem” in Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Previously, Glysson served as director of choral activities at West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has also held the position of artistic director and conductor of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, assistant director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, 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.