Susan Glass has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a music educator, having taught children and adults in many diverse settings. For 16 years, she taught music at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, where she founded three children’s choruses, and an adult chorus, which became The Glass Menagerie. She is a member of the Music Education Faculty at New York University and a longtime member of the faculty at the NYU Summer Kodály Institute. She has recently returned to LREI as a Middle School and High School vocal teacher and choral director. She taught for several years at the Gateway School of New York — a special setting for children with learning disabilities. 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 and guest conductor throughout the United States. She is co-founder of the Kodály Organization of New York and has served two terms on the national board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She was honored to receive the 2015 OAKE Outstanding Educator Award, and she will conduct the OAKE National Women’s chorus at their conference in Philadelphia in March 2017. She holds a doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She sings with Cerddorion, a vocal chamber ensemble.
John Kolody is a freelance vocal coach / accompanist in New York City. His students are currently performing on land and sea in opera, Broadway shows, and pop concerts. John has been long associated with The American Institute of Musical Studies summer program in Graz, Austria, where the mayor and governor of Steiermark honored him for his years of service to the greater Graz community. He has also taught at New York University, Manhattanville College, University of Connecticut, and Southern Methodist University. He has accompanied in the Young Artist program at the Metropolitan Opera and toured with Met stars Rosalind Elias and Andrea Velis. Upcoming concerts include an all-German Liederabend and an evening of music by women composers. 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! 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?
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, Jonathan David, and Julie Dolphin; celebrated the renowned Robert DeCormier; and collaborated with guest arranger/conductors. In 2009 we marked our 25th anniversary with Kodály’s Missa Brevis and the African Missa Luba. Other high points include Orff’s Carmina Burana in 2011, with two pianos, and percussion; and our 2013 performance of J. S. Bach’s monumental Magnificat in D Major, with Baroque chamber ensemble. Recent concerts have featured Dvořák’s Songs of Nature; Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra; music for chorus and harp, including the Fauré Requiem, Bassi’s Harpsonnets, and Brahms’ Four Songs for Women’s Chorus, Two Horns & Harp. Last winter we presented Rutter’s Gloria and other selections of works for chorus and brass. In the spring we celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with an evening of choral music and dramatic readings.