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The Tar River Chorus is a volunteer adult chorus performing major choral works.  Originating in 1986, it has between 50-80 members who are selected by audition.  This season the chorus will join the Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts on  Saturday, April 30, 2011 and Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Michael Glasgow, Conductor 

Michael is in his fourthseason as the rehearsal conductor of the Tar River Chorus.   Michael is the first full-time Minister of Music at the North Raleigh Road United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, and has been with the church since April 1998. He is a native of Detroit, and his family still lives in Michigan. An honors graduate from the College of Charleston (SC), Michael holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition and journalism. He holds a summa cum laude Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Wisconsin as the program's first double-emphasis student, in both choral and handbell music.



Michael's eclectic tastes and whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm have brought much new and challenging music to NRUMC. He has composed four musical plays (two of which premiered in Charleston's Sottile Theatre), as well as numerous original sacred choral, orchestral, and handbell compositions. His setting of the Latin Requiem text was premiered at NRUMC on April 8, 2001 with full orchestra and choir.


An active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and the Worship Arts (FUMMWA), Michael participates in many extracurricular and educational pursuits, including serving as the editor for the AGEHR Area III newsletter, The Bell-O-Gram.


In the past year, Michael has been accepted into ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), commissioned for several new pieces, and received conducting invitations throughout the country. He was awarded a first prize in the 2006 Soundprint Productions Composition Contest for his original jazz handbell piece, Celerity; as well as first prize in the Bells of the Sound "Three Ring Circus" Composition Contest for Bumping Noses. A career highlight was conducting the East Texas Handbell ensemble in ringing his first published handbell piece, Carnivale, at the 2007 AGEHR National Seminar's opening concert in Dallas.


In his admittedly limited spare time, Michael enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and gourmet cooking, and serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale.

Listen to an exerpt of the Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus' 2008 performance of "Fortuna Imperatrix" from "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30pm
First Baptist Church, 200 South Church Street in Rocky Mount, NC
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 3:00pm
Meymandi Hall, Progress Energy Center
2 E South Street in Raleigh, NC
  • Mendelssohn’s “Elijah" with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra and North Carolina Master Chorale

AUDITIONS by appointment!
Contact Michael Glasgow @ 919.845.0303
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