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Andrew Glendening Faculty Trombone Recital features world premiere

January 20, 2020

Andrew Glendening, director of the NIU School of Music will perform a world premiere as part of his Faculty Trombone Recital, Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m. in the NIU Music Building Recital Hall.

Andrew Glendening

Andrew Glendening

“Der Heroszupfer” composed by Joseph Klein was written in 2019 and will be performed for the first time in this recital. Klein is a composer of solo, chamber and large ensemble works, including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic and intermedia compositions. His music has been described by British music magazine The Wire as, “a dizzying euphoria…like a sonic tickling with counterpoint gone awry” and exhibiting “a confident polyvalence [the] heightens its very real excitement.”

Klein is currently Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he has served as Chair of Composition Studies since 1999.

Among his other selections for this recital, Glendening will perform “Clef Hanger” composed by Jan Bach, who retired from the NIU School of Music in 2004 where he had taught theory and composition courses since 1966. Bach describes himself as, “one of those fortunate university composers whose works, through their many performances, have extended far beyond the borders of his campus to reach an international audience.” Bach has been the recipient of “countless” commissions, grants, recordings and publications. He is a composer member of Broadcast Music, Inc., New York.

Andrew Glendening
Faculty Trombone Recital
NIU School of Music
8 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020
Music Building Recital Hall
Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students online or at the event


Everything Happens for the First time (2018)Mark Dancigers (b. 1981)
Clef Hanger (2011)Jan Bach (b. 1937)
I was like Wow! (2003)JacobTV (b. 1951)
Der Heroszupfer (2019) premiereJoseph Klein (b. 1962)
Crossfire: Boxman (1986-1992)David Felder (b. 1953)

Andrew Glendening

Glendening is the director of the School of Music and Professor of Music at NIU. A native of Logansport, Ind., he 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 also earned a Master of Music degree and was the first ever recipient of the Doctor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the Indiana University School of Music. His primary teachers were M. Dee Stewart, Per Brevig, Thomas Cramer, and Frank Crisafulli. Prior to becoming Director of the School of Music at NIU, Glendening was Dean of the School of Music at the University of Redlands, Chair of the Department of Music at Denison University and served on the faculties of Morehead State University and Northeastern Illinois University.

An innovator in inter-active music, Glendening has premiered, performed and recorded many works for computer and instruments and has lectured on inter-active applications at such institutions as the CNMAT Laboratory at UC Berkeley, CEMI at the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music. He is also the inventor of the “Magneto-restrictive slide position sensor” for the trombone, which allows for direct integration of the trombone and a computer using MAX/MSP software both for performance and pedagogical study. An active proponent of new music for the trombone, Glendening has premiered over 100 works, including three concerti. In 1998 he was awarded Morehead State University’s Distinguished Creative Productions Award for his solo CD, “Pathways: New Music for Trombone” (Mark Records.)

He premiered the wind ensemble version of Robert Parris’ Trombone Concerto with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 1999, performed the West Coast premiere of Stephen Bryant’s Trombone Concerto, was the featured performer at the Fourth Annual American Music festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, performed the Rouse Trombone Concerto with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and performed a recital at the 2014 International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music. For fifteen seasons he served as Principal Trombonist of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the California Philharmonic. Six of Dr. Glendening’s trombone students have won the U.S. Army Band National Solo Competition. In 2017, International Music Diffusion published his book, co-authored with Julia Broome-Robinson, “The Art and Science of Trombone Teaching”.

He was host and artistic director of the 2017 International Trombone Festival and has performed, judged and/or presented at the International Trombone Festivals in Cleveland, Illinois, North Texas, Eastman, Iowa and Ball State as well as the 2019 International Women’s Brass Festival.