Maestro Aszemar Glenn

Aszemar Glenn is a native of Portland, Oregon who fell in love with soul and gospel music at a young age. He later trained in classical music as a student at Pacific University. He earned his Fine Arts degree in the disciplines of Art, Dance, and Music. Among many distinguishing achievements, Maestro Glenn counts receiving the OMTA State Music Award in Music Composition and being awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in composition-performance, as two that are most cherished. In addition to his current work with the Aszemar Glenn Band, Maestro runs his own local music studio, MY MUSIC; gives presentations on local music history and composers; conducts and manages the Oregon Cascade Symphony, a progressive semi-professional orchestra; and is a published ethnomusicologist. At Pacific University, Glenn studied under Florence Chino, who graduated with a Master’s Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music, Dr.Donald Schwejda (music theory/composition and contemporary music); and Dr. Albert Freedman (jazz band workshop). He participated in an artists’ workshop given by noted pianist Robert Guarlnik, and is proud to have performed original music with Portland Oregon jazz great Thara Memory. Maestro Glenn is particularly honored to have contributed a historical biographical document to the Smithsonian Institution’s Black Past website.

A FEW OF MY COMPOSITIONS


Three Guitar Works for Grammy Winning Guitarist DOUG SMITH

  1. "Off Blue"
  2. "Doug's Lament"
  3. "gaR deggaR"

In the past, Glenn has been featured as a soloist at the following events:

  • Oregon Public Broadcasting's “Tapestry Program”
  • Arts in the Park, Hillsboro Arts Council
  • Chamber Music Workshop, City of Portland
  • Concerts in the Park, City of Pasadena
  • Jazmin Community Festival, Oregon Arts/Metropolitan Arts Commission
  • Willamette Falls Symphony’s world premiere performance of Klaus Cornell piano concerto
  • Storer Cable TV's “Art Beat”

And has performed solo recitals elsewhere:

  • Forest Grove Library, concert performance sponsored by the Friends of Forest Grove Library
  • Hollywood Theatre
  • Keene State College
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 1st Nutcracker Gala (2004), providing classical piano music
  • Reedwood Friends Church
  • The Old Church recital series

Glenn has completed commissioned compositions for:

  • National Endowment for the Arts/Metropolitan Arts Commission
    • “Demonic Dance, Enchantment #1, #3, #5” for piano
    • “Floating On Our Tears” for soprano voice
    • untitled trumpet and piano duet
  • Bahai Faith multimedia film Day of the Covenant
    • “Slave”
  • anonymous
    • “Christhy Blue” for piano
    • “Three Ludes for Trombone”
    • “Viola Rhapsody”