At an early age, Greg Glancey discovered a deep passion for making beautiful noise on the electric guitar. With one hand on the fretboard and the other on the stylus of his parents’ Dumont record player, he learned how to transcribe and play anything and everything that grabbed his attention. This was his serendipitous conservatory. Later, while performing professionally in various Milwaukee-based cover and original bands, his insatiable drive to create music ultimately led him to study music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he had the great fortune of studying composition with the late Joel Naumann and Stephen Dembski. Glancey soon ventured on to complete a Masters and Ph.D. in composition from Stony Brook University in New York under the guidance of composers Daria Semegen, Sheila Silver, Daniel Weymouth, and Perry Goldstein. 

Glancey’s music embodies a unique blend of traditional and progressive musical elements, and expresses a fervent harmonic language, coloristic textures, and intricate formal designs. A background in and affinity for all popular styles and film music infuse his writing with sonic freshness and rhythmic energy. His music has been programmed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as featured in a number of independent films. 

He has received commissions and performances from many new music groups and soloists, such as the Stony Brook Chamber Players, the Stony Brook Orchestra, the East Lansing Orchestra, the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Nemø Ensemble, Ensemble Parallax, pianist Junghwa Lee, and flutists Rogier de Pijper, Orlando Cela, and Sarah Brady to name just a few. Glancey was a programmed guest composer at the 2015 Universidad Nacional de San Juan Guitar Festival, San Juan, Argentina; the 2016 12th Adams International Flute Festival and the 2017 One Day Flute Festival at Adams Muziekcentrale, Ittervoort, The Netherlands; the 2018 Composers Conference directed by the late Mario Davidovsky; the 2018 and 2022 Outside the Box New Music Festival at Southern Illinois University; the 2021 Charlotte New Music Festival; the 2021 Great Lakes Concert Series Great Spaces & Arts, Grace Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas; the 2022 College Music Society Southern Regional Conference at Delta University; and most recently in August 2022, at Kint Pianos in Ghent, Belgium. 

Glancey has been actively teaching music in higher education for more than 20 years. He taught music theory, composition, and music technology at Vanguard University of Southern California from 2002-2015, where he also formed and directed the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble. Currently, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and two daughters. He is a Professor of Composition at the Berklee College of Music, where he teaches composition, tonal harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, form and analysis, music technology, and modern composition techniques for film scoring. Formerly he served as the Assistant Chair of Composition at Berklee from 2015-2020. 


Ashes to Impulse

Release Date: December 8, 2023
Catalog Number: RR8097
21st Century
ASHES TO IMPULSE is an extroverted, highly expressive album of redemption and realization, where harmonies become metaphors and dissonance transforms into catharsis. Conceived by Berklee music professor Gregory T. Glancey, these compositions delve into the core of human struggle, mirroring the very process of creation – a journey from the ashes of doubt to the ignition of artistic impulse. A glimpse into Glancey's labyrinthine mind, ASHES TO IMPULSE unearths emotions as if from a hidden wellspring. These are all chamber music pieces, but they are almost symphonic in their profundity. As a flicker becomes a flame, these musical landscapes transcend with unbridled energy and fiery candor.