Glenn McClure, the Spring 2019 Lenna Visiting Professor at St. Bonaventure University, will speak about a range of composing, artistic and digital projects stemming from experiences in Antarctica, Hawaii and other destinations during his March 18-29 residency at St. Bonaventure and at Jamestown Community College.
In addition to guest lecturing in classes including computer science, environmental science, music composition, zoology, journalism and strategic communication, McClure will present two lectures open to the public:
McClure, a composer, educator and data scientist, teaches music and humanities at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. He has also served on the faculties of SUNY Geneseo and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He recently served as Winter-Spring Artist in Residence near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after this winter’s lava flows across a third of the largest island in the state.
McClure grew up in a rural area that had a wide variety of musical confluences running through it.
“I heard gospel, merengue, and salsa at the migrant camps when I accompanied my parents. I learned to sing harmony with the elderly ladies in the Presbyterian Church choir and psalms with the monks at the Trappist Monastery,” McClure said. “My small, rural, K-12 school was blessed with brilliant music teachers that prepared me for college music programs and eventually becoming a professional composer.”
After studying as a child at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, McClure has gone all over the world performing his music, even to Antarctica.
The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.
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