University of Saskatchewan - Professor
Professor of Saxophone and Conducting/Music Education
Artist's BiographyGlen Gillis, Professor of Music, conducts the Concert Band and several saxophone ensembles, and teaches saxophone, conducting, and music education courses at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and continues to maintain an active schedule in saxophone performance. He has performed at numerous international music conferences (World Saxophone Congresses and North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences) and has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles in Canada. As a member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada), his diverse performance career and musical experience has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical and jazz, with many published compositions for saxophone, and band through Eighth Note Publications (distributed by Alfred Music). In 2009 he released SaxSpectrum through the MSR Classics label (MS1328) performing and displaying many of his compositions and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings. Recently international music magazines such as American Music Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Gramophone gave stellar reviews of his CD. He can also be heard on Hoot/Wisdom Recordings: didgeridoo.diversions (2007) performing an original work for saxophone and didgeridoo. In June 2012 he toured China and performing at five city/university venues that include: Beijing, Tianjin, Xiâ€™an, Kunming, and Shanghai. Last July he performed at the XVI World Saxophone Congress at St Andrews, Scotland, and February 2013 he hosted the Western Canadian Region IX NASA Conference.
In the last two decades Dr. Gillis has commissioned numerous works for classical saxophone and has collaborated with many artist musicians, conductors, and composers. He has matriculated many saxophone students at the high school and college level who have received provincial and national awards. Dr. Gillis has given numerous clinics at high schools and colleges over his career and has also served as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta on five occasions. As an original member of the Saskatoon Saxophone Quartet, he leads the ensemble that performs for special functions in and around Saskatoon.
As an educator and scholar, he has written many articles that appear in National Music Journals on the subjects of conducting, woodwind pedagogy, and music education. As well, he has presented research papers or clinics at several international and national music conferences such as the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, 2009 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Cincinnati, the 2011 and 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, the 2007 College Band Directors National Conference at the University of Michigan, and the U of S Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in 2002, 2006, and 2009. Dr. Gillis has remained active as a clinician and adjudicator for solo/ensemble festivals and workshops as well as guest conducting Provincial Honour Bands, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, Dr. Gillis returned to Canada after a ten-year residence in the United States, where he spent five years as Director of Bands at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. During the last three years in Oklahoma he regularly appeared as guest conductor for the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra for both the Masters and Chamber Concert Series.
As director of the U of S Wind Orchestra from 2001-10, the ensemble released three commercial CDs in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2006, the WindOrchestra toured Texas with a clinic performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. In 2004 he created the Band Directors Professional Development and the High School Select Wind Orchestra. In 2005 he created the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony, a community ensemble comprised of some of the finest wind and percussion players from Saskatoon and the surrounding area.
Dr. Gillisâ€™ professional affiliations include WASBE, CBDNA, SBA/CBA, SMEA/CMEA, MENC, CMS, SOCAN, NASA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.