Dr. Glenn Utsch has been a member of the piano faculty at Slippery Rock University since 1996. His graduate degrees are from the Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College, Columbia University.
His piano instructors have included Dr. Robert Pace (renowned piano pedagogue at Teachers College, Columbia University), Constance Keene (at the Manhattan School of Music), Jascha Zayde (New York University), Dr. Robert Bedford (West Chester University of Pennsylvania), and Earl Wild.
|Before coming to Slippery Rock University, Dr. Utsch taught piano at Nyack College (New York), University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Winthrop University (South Carolina), and was the chairman of the Music Department at Knoxville College (Tennessee) for four years.
Dr. Utsch's teaching responsibilities include private piano (classical and jazz), class piano, and keyboard improvisation.
In addition to his teaching and committee work, he performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area as a classical/jazz pianist. Dr. Utsch has also performed in various New York City clubs, at St. Peters Church and Calvary Baptist Church in New York City, and for Nancy Reagan at her book release party in Lincoln Center.
His international travel experiences include the following: performances in Vienna, Austria, where he performed as accompanist for professional choirs performing at the Adventfest International Choral Festival; London, England, where he teaches an SRU course on Musical Theater; China, where he researched piano music of indigenous composers; and Tokyo, Japan, where he taught piano to area piano teachers.
Dr. Utsch is a member of numerous professional musical organizations including the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, International Association of Jazz Educators, the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Federation of Music Clubs, Music Teachers National Association, and the American Federation of Musicians. He is also an adjudicator for the Federation of Music Clubs and MTNA. Dr. Utsch frequently gives piano master classes for pianists in the greater Western Pennsylvania region.