About the Artistic Director
Susan Glass (Artistic Director) has had a rich and varied career as a music educator, having taught both children and adults in many diverse settings. For 16 years, she taught music at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), where she founded The Glass Menagerie. She has also taught at the Mustard Seed School and at Bank Street School for Children. Currently, she is a member of the Music Education Faculty at New York University, a music teacher at the Gateway School, and music teacher/conductor in the middle and high school at LREI. Over the years, her students have participated in concerts with Pete Seeger and with Peter, Paul and Mary at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and on PBS television. Susan is a frequent clinician throughout the United States, presenting on a variety of topics in music education, and she has been a guest conductor for numerous all-county and festival choirs. She is co-founder of the Kodály Organization of New York, has served on the national board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and is the recipient of the OAKE 2015 Outstanding Educator Award. Susan holds a doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She sings with Cerddorion vocal chamber ensemble.
About the Accompanist
John Kolody (Accompanist) is a freelance vocal coach/accompanist in New York City. Long associated with The American Institute of Musical Studies’s summer program in Graz, Austria: he celebrates his 29th year there this summer, 2015. This June, John also joins the faculty of the Toi Toi Toi Opera Institute’s annual summer program in Taos, New Mexico. In addition, John has taught at New York University, Manhattanville College, University of Connecticut, and Southern Methodist University. He has served as accompanist in the Young Artist program at the Metropolitan Opera and toured with Metropolitan Opera stars Rosalind Elias and Andria Velis. John has staged more than ten operas and produced more than 30 music theater revues. In 2008 he gave Master Classes at the NATS Convention in Amarillo, Texas, and his 2009 cabaret/recitals, A Little Weill with soprano Andrea Huber, wowed ‘em in upstate New York! His 2013-14 schedule included teaching a seminar in Musical Theatre Singing at the University of Michigan and accompanying a lecture/demonstration with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. This past winter, 2014-15, John accompanied Jane Marsh in a lecture on Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman for the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
John studied piano under Eugene List and participated in the prestigious BMI Music Theatre Workshop under Lehman Engel. He has composed for the DiCapo Opera, arranged for the Glass Menagerie, accompanied Pavarotti, performed his cabaret show Temporary Insanity internationally, and played for the Pope. Who could ask for anything more?
About the Chorus
In 1984 Susan Glass founded The Glass Menagerie with a group of eight parents and teachers from the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School community. Since this modest beginning the chorus has grown in numbers, repertoire, and musical accomplishments. Our members come from throughout the metropolitan area, from every walk of life, and include enthusiastic amateurs as well as professional music educators and performers. Performances have highlighted classical masterworks, folk and vernacular musical traditions, and the work of living composers. We have commissioned and performed new works by Elliot Z. Levine and Jonathan David; celebrated the composer, conductor, and arranger Robert DeCormier; and collaborated with guest arranger/conductors Rima Fand and Erasmia Voukelatos. In 2009 we marked our 25th Anniversary with Kodaly’s Missa Brevis and the African Missa Luba. High points of the last several years include Orff’s Carmina Burana in May 2011, with full chorus, two pianos, and percussion; and our December 2013 performance of J. S. Bach’s monumental Magnificat in D Major, featuring guest soloists and Baroque chamber ensemble. This concert, our most ambitious to date, was partially funded with grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a successful Indiegogo campaign, and the generosity of our loyal family of supporters. Our spring 2014 concert, The Nature of Things, explored themes of nature with works by German, English, and American composers, culminating in Dvořák’s Songs of Nature. The centerpiece of our fall 2014 program, an international celebration of the Nativity, was Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez’s composition Navidad Nuestra. In December 2015, we performed John Rutter’s 1974 work, Gloria, with guest brass and percussion musicians at the magnificent, modern Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan.
This page was last updated in March 2016.