Glaser, Victoria

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Victoria Glaser (1918-2008) was born to Otto Charles and Dorothy Merryless Glaser on September 11th in Amherst, MA. She received instruction in counterpoint from Dorothy Fay Little and harmony with Stephen Tuttle before attending college. Glaser attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA and earned her B.A. and M.A. She studied theory with Walter Piston, Tillman Merritt, and Nadia Boulanger; flute with Georges Laurent; piano with Frederick Tillotson. Glaser was an early pioneer in the development of the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory beginning in 1957. She taught theory, ear training, sight singing, flute, piano, cello, and organ until 1982. Glaser began her teaching career in the 1940s starting at Wellesley College (1943-1946) followed by the Dana Hall School (1945-1959), Longy School of Music in Cambridge (1972-1993), and the Music School at Rivers (1977-?). Outside of the classroom, she was the Organist and Choir Director of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Also, she composed choral arrangements and original compositions published by E.C. Schirmer and G. Schirmer. Her many instrumental compositions won her recognition in the Boston musical community. This is detailed in Howard Pollack's book Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski. Glaser is also known for her own book entitled Training for Musicianship published in 1971.

From the description of Victoria Glaser collection, 1977-1987. (New England Conservatory of Music). WorldCat record id: 226241264

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creatorOf Dellafield, Henry. Radcliffe College composers' scores collection, 1890-1949 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Glaser, Victoria. Eulogy to ones' better self / music and text by V. Glaser. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Glaser, Victoria. Victoria Glaser collection, 1977-1987. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Glaser, Victoria. Correspondence with American Musicological Society, 1962. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices), unaccompanied


Active 1977

Active 1987



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