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Ann Arbor, Michigan native Joshua "Cicero" Glassman has appeared both on stage and on the podium. As a singer, his multifaceted performances include opera, art song, choral music, musical theatre, and cabaret. As a conductor and educator, Joshua's main mission is to bring a love of vocal music to new audiences and tomorrow's performers.
On the podium, Mr. Glassman seeks to preserve the American choral tradition. In June of 2015, he led the Mt. Vernon Consort in an evening featuring the premiere of Peter Dayton's Light and Mystery: Suite from an American Mass. Flanking the work were folk hymns, spirituals, and settings of Latin texts by Samuel Barber and R. Nathaniel Dett. For three summers, he headed the choir program at Point Counterpoint Camp in Vermont, leading string players between the ages of eight and eighteen in a chorus designed to promote aural skills.
Though he is a tenor deeply rooted in established styles, Joshua has premiered many new works including the role of Dean Clarkson in the widely acclaimed opera by Frances Pollock, Stinney. He also enacted the role of Henry Crawford in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park. Other notable stage credits include Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As a soloist, Joshua performs a wide array of genres ranging from art song to oratorio. Prominent recital appearances include the Embassy Series in Washinton, D.C. and a performance in April, where he premiered a cycle of Yiddish folk songs by Baltimore-based composer, Joshua Bornfield. Notable oratorio credits include Bach's "Magnificat," Schubert's "Mass in G," Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle," Handel's "Dixit Dominus," and Haydn's "Harmoniemesse."
Mr. Glassman holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM '12) and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (MM '15).