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Glen Whitehead

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Program Director

Glen Whitehead is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of the Music Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In 2006, he founded the Music Major within the VAPA Interdisciplinary BA at UCCS. Glen's creative work embodies multiple musical trajectories, most significantly he integrates creative music rendering with inter arts and multi media applications. His most recent work includes the duo "Psychoangelo" with Dr. Michael Theodore, which released their first CD "Panauromni" on Innova records in Spring 2010; membership in the Bottesini Project in Denver, a scene-leading improvisational collective; curatorial director of "take a listen around" contemporary music concert series at CS Fine Arts Center (2009-2010); creative music director of "the Bacchae" Theatreworks production (Spring 2010); co-producer of "the 6th Room: a Multimedia Long Distance Improvisation" at UCCS with Amsterdam's Magpie Music and Dance Company (2008); and cross-cultural improvisation project with Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Kolkata India (2006-2009).

Whitehead is currently principal trumpet in the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra and a solo recitalist. As an educator, he founded the Electro Acoustic Improvisation Ensemble at CU Denver and UCCS, and developed new curriculum approaches in inter arts improvisation, composition and sound design at UCCS. Whitehead has also recorded with O'Keefe/ Stanyek/ Walton/ Whitehead, "Tunnel" and "Unbalancing Acts" on Circumvention and 9Winds records; Solo trumpet on "Tania," opera by Anthony Davis on Kotch Int, and principal trumpet Everquest soundtrack. As a trumpet performer, Glen has performed with artists such as Scott Amendola, Kent Maclagan, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Keith Rowe, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Judith Coe, Nicolas Collins, Alan Joseph, Randy Bowen, Chris Lee, Paul Riola, Kim Stone, Gregory Walker. His education includes a Bmus from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Tim Morrison, John McNeil and Joe Maneri, and M.A. and D.M.A from the University of California, San Diego under Edwin Harkins and George Lewis.


D.M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance and Practice, University of California, San Deigo

M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance and Practice, University of California, San Deigo

B.Mus. New England Conservatory of Music

Selected Fellowships & Awards


Courses I Teach

Lower Division
• Electronic Acoustic Ensemble

Upper Division
• Composition, Improvisation and Performance