Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies
Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California
Scott Glysson is the Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Scott Glysson is Cal Poly’s director of choral activities. He has been recognized for his achievements in conducting in both the choral and orchestral genres. As the conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he performs both nationally and internationally. His conducting engagements include the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra in Greece, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, Bel Canto Chorus and Nairobi Conservatory Orchestra in Kenya, New England Symphonic Orchestra in Carnegie Hall as well as many regional and all-state festival choruses.
In 2017 Glysson was awarded the ACDA International Conducting Fellowship to Kenya, and has since served as clinician and co-founder of the bi-annual Nairobi Choral Conducting Workshop. As a graduate student, Glysson was honored as one of eight finalists from across the country to compete in the National Choral Conducting Competition sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Additionally, Glysson serves as the Director of Music of the historic First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo as well as the Artistic Director of the Santa Ynez Valley Chorale.
Previously, Glysson served as director of choral activities at West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has also held the position of artistic director and conductor of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, assistant director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, assistant conductor of the Reston Chorale and teaching positions at several high schools in the Washington, D.C., area.
An active scholar and educator, Glysson has presented and published in the fields of music education and musicology. In 2011, he was honored by the invitation to present his research on the motets of the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society. He has published featured articles in The Choral Journal and presented at both state and regional conferences of ACDA and NAFME in the area of music education. Glysson’s dissertation and current research centers on the choral motets of Camille Saint-Saëns and the 19th-century cecilian movement.
Glysson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He also holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from George Mason University.