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Jabarie Glass

Title: Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Choral Studies
Department: Choral Studies
School of Music
Phone: 803-576-7617
Office: School of Music Room 309
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Jabarie Glass is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he conducts University Chorus and Gamecock Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral pedagogy. Glass's varied conducting experiences have included working with university, secondary, community youth, festival, and church ensembles. Choral organizations under his leadership have been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Region Conference, the Mississippi-ACDA Conference, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference.  

Glass is a conductor and collaborator with a deep commitment to excellence in choral artistry. Through imaginative programming, he strives to create compelling concert experiences that resonate with a broad range of human experiences. He is equally dedicated to championing emerging voices in choral music through commissioning and premiering new works. Combining his dedication to artistry and advocacy, Glass is committed to enriching the choral canon with diverse and innovative perspectives.

Glass's scholarship focuses on conducting pedagogy, choral pedagogy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and music literacy. He has given guest lectures and presentations on these topics with university choral programs, at professional development workshops, and at national, regional and state conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His article on the intersection of literature selection and choral pedagogy was published in the February 2021 issue of The Choral Journal.

Glass previously served as Director of Choirs at Southaven High School and Middle School, conductor of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers, as well as the founding conductor of CoroFuente, the tenor-bass chorus of CoroRio, a youth and adult community choral organization for which he currently serves on the board of directors. As a dedicated advocate for student access to quality music education, Glass is passionate about sharing the knowledge gained from his experience working with young musicians with current and future choral practitioners. Furthermore, he continues to invest in the musical growth of young choral artists through clinics with secondary choral programs and conducting honor choruses.

A native Mississippian, Glass earned dual bachelor's degrees in business management and music education from the University of Mississippi, where he was inducted into the University's Student Hall of Fame, a university-wide honor bestowed upon only ten seniors annually based on leadership, scholarship, and service. Glass went on to earn a master's degree in music education from the Florida State University College of Music. He earned a doctoral degree in conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He pursued additional conducting studies as a conducting fellow with the Chorus America Conducting Academy and the Yale-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Choral Conducting Workshop.

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