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Andrew Glendening named director of NIU School of Music

Andrew Glendening
Andrew Glendening

DeKALB – Andrew Glendening as been selected as the next director of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

He currently is the dean of the School of Music and professor of music at University of Redlands in Redlands, California, and will begin his new post at NIU on July 1.

Eric Johnson, professor of music and coordinator of choral activities at NIU, has been serving as acting director since the fall, after previous director Janet Hathaway accepted the position of acting associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at NIU.

Glendening has been dean of the School of Music at University of Redlands since 2004. Before that, he was chairman of the music department at Denison University and served on the faculties of Morehead State University and Northeastern Illinois University. He has been a member of the Board of the National Association of Schools of Music, has presented multiple time at the annual meetings and serves as an accreditation site visitor.

“I am honored and excited to join the outstanding faculty of the School of Music to continue the traditions of excellence and to explore the tremendous opportunities to provide an affordable, elite and inclusive education,” Glendening said in a news release. “As all of the arts are converging in new combinations and places, collaboration is the key to the future. I believe that the chance to work with Dean Paul Kassel and the entire College of Visual and Performing Arts at NIU is the right time and place to truly realize a collaborative future in the arts.”

A native of Logansport, Indiana, Glendening earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before attending Indiana University where he was awarded the school’s highest honor: the Performer’s Certificate. He earned a Master of Music degree and was the first to receive the Doctor of Music degree in trombone performance from the Indiana University School of Music.

An innovator in interactive music, Glendening has premiered, performed and recorded works for computer and instruments and has lectured on interactive applications at institutions such as the CNMAT Laboratory at UC Berkeley, CEMI at the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music. He is the inventor of the “Magneto-restrictive slide position sensor” for the trombone, which allows direct integration of the trombone and a computer using MAX/MSP software for performance and pedagogical study.

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