Music at the UUMA CENTER Institute
Music Director: Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout
A native of Baltimore, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from Vanderbilt University, and graduate degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His conducting mentors include Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Mr. Philip Olsen, Dr. Jamie Washington, Mr. Robin Fountain, Dr. Eugene Cardell Rogers, and Dr. Paul Rardin. He has been coached by Dr. Craig Arnold, Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Mr. Theo Morrison, Dr. Carole Ott, Mr. David Wordsworth. He has studied voice and vocal pedagogy with Dr. Gayle Shay, Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff, Dr. Dean Southern and Mr. Stephen West.
Glen Thomas is the 2013 winner of the American Choral Directors Association National Graduate Conducting Competition. He served as assistant conductor for the University of Michigan Chamber Choir in the Grammy-nominated recording of Darius Milhaud’s opera trilogy, L'Orestie d'Eschyle. His work with community choruses has been recognized and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Have endowed the Glen Thomas Rideout Vocal Scholarship for promising high-school singers to attend the University of Michigan’s MPulse Summer Institute. His work building musical communities in Unitarian Universalist worship has been featured in the blog of Sue Schade (Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan Health System).
He has conducted the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and the Manhattan Chorale—a professional ensemble of New York City. Glen Thomas has prepared choruses for Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan Symphony Band and Choirs), Kenneth Kiesler (University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra), Antonia Joy Wilson (Midland Symphony Orchestra) and Brett Mitchell (Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra). His international conducting schedule includes appearances in Perú, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Siciliy.
Dr. Rideout was appointed choral director for the 2016 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, music director for the worship service of Church of the Larger Fellowship, and liturgist for Sunday morning worship. His essay Prodigal Songs: Reclaiming Our Voice and his poem ) a f t e r a l l ( has been published by the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s Quest magazine. His poetry and sermons have been read in Unitarian Universalist congregations and clerical conferences nationwide.
Dr. Rideout has served First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor August, 2007, as Interim Director of Music (2007), Acting Director of Music (2008) and Director of Music (July, 2008). He was appointed Director of Worship & Music in September, 2015. Since, Dr. Rideout was named Director of Worship and Music for the 2017 New England Regional Assembly, featured panelist and closing worship leader of the Unitarian Universalist - United Nations Office 2017 Spring Symposium on the eradication of armed conflict.
Glen Thomas is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.