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Music Director: Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout

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A native of Baltimore, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from Vanderbilt University, a master’s and a doctoral degree 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 winner of the 2013 National Student Conducting Competition, a contest of the American Choral Directors Association. 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). 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 recent international conducting schedule has included engagements in Perú, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Andorra and France. In July, Glen Thomas served the University of Michigan Chamber Choir as assistant conductor during its 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia.


Glen Thomas has served First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor as Director of Music since August, 2007. His essay Prodigal Songs: Reclaiming Our Voice has been published by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Unitarian Universalist Association's largest congregation. 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).


Glen Thomas has served the Saginaw Choral Society as its sixteenth Artistic Director and Conductor since 2011. His work with Saginaw Choral Society has earned two National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, funding the Adopt-a-Choir Collaborative with Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy and White Pine Middle School and the Saginaw Sings Project (an itinerant city-wide community singing festival). Each year now, the Society sends over twenty of its members to area schools to lead music education learning at the grade school level. In support of this vision, the Society’s Board of Trustees have endowed the Glen Thomas Rideout Vocal Scholarship for promising high-school singers to attend the University of Michigan’s MPulse Summer Institute.


Glen Thomas's work as a singer includes engagements with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, University of Michigan, the University Musical Society, and the Star-Spangled Music Project. In June, Glen Thomas served as guest vocalist for the investiture of United States federal court judge Judith E. Levy.


Glen Thomas is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.


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