The Hartt’s music community is mourning the death of the famous music icon, Glen Adsit. Glen, a famous music professor from the Hartt School passed away suddenly on January 17, 2024. He will always be fondly remembered for the memories he created with and through his music. Read on to know more about his death in detail.
Glen Adsit passed away:
Glen Adsit’s death news was shared by The Hartt School Percussion Studio in the following social media statement and the message reads,
It was with deep sadness that I share the news that our friend and colleague, Glen Adsit, has passed away. I will be forever grateful that my students had the privilege of working with Glen all these years. His imprint on The Hartt School is indelible and profound. His work ethic, always on behalf of his students and colleagues, was tireless., he said in the statement.
Many people have expressed their heartfelt condolences to Glen Adsit’s family since the news of his death broke, and many have paid tribute to him in recent posts on social media. The family requests privacy during this trying time as they grieve his unfathomable loss.
As of the time of this publication, the circumstances surrounding Glen Adsit’s death—including the precise cause of his death—have not been disclosed.
Who was Glen Adsit?
Glen Adsit was the Director of Bands of Hartt School, where he leads the Wind Ensemble. He was also a co-director of Hartt’s new music ensemble (Foot in the Door) and graduate instrumental who conducted programs with Edward Cumming, Hartt’s Director of Orchestras.
In the fall of 2000, Professor Adsit was named Director of Bands at The Hartt School. In 2014, the University of Hartford presented Professor Adsit with the Larsen Award for exceptional teaching. He was the University of New Mexico’s Associate Director of Bands before being hired by The Hartt School.
He worked as a teacher in the Plymouth-Canton School District in Michigan from 1986 to 1992, spending time in both junior high and high school.
In 2010, the Hartt Wind Ensemble made its Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium with the world premiere of Chen Yi’s Dragon Rhyme.
Additionally, the group gave three performances at the CBDNA Conferences for the Eastern Division and at the College Band Directors National Association Conferences in 2007 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and 2011 (Seattle, Washington).
Glen’s groups have played at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Hall (New York, New York), the Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, Michigan), the Musikverein (Vienna, Austria), Benroya Ilsley Hall (Seattle, Washington), the Central Conservatory (Beijing, China), and Harpa (Reykjavik, Iceland), among various other places.
Adsit, a supporter of contemporary music, founded the Institute for the Advancement of Secondary and Primary Instrumental Repertoire Excellence (ASPIRE) and the National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group (NWECG). These organizations commission the best composers in the world to write music for ensembles at the elementary, middle, and professional levels.
Professor Adsit earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and trombone performance, as well as a master’s degree in wind conducting, from the University of Michigan, where he studied under H. Robert Reynolds.
Famous composers have praised Adsit’s performances, including John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, Joan Tower, Michael Colgrass, and William Bolcom.
The following are some of Professor Adsit’s professional affiliations:
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- Phi Beta Mu
- President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association
Tributes to Glen Adsit:
Brandon Houghtalen posted,
Heartbroken at the news that Glen Adsit has passed. The last time we spoke was at a concert he led in Santa Fe—where Stephen Michael Gryc’s Stone Colors was premiered. We had a connection because we both taught with Eric Rombach-Kendall at UNM, and he was very supportive of the On the List Project.
Connecticut Music Educators Association posted,
It is with tremendous sorrow we share the news of Glen Adsit’s passing. Glen has been a staple in creating lifelong musicians nationwide, with many of his students accrediting him to their joy and care of music. Professor Adsit’s long list of accomplishments is only surpassed by the list of the students he has impacted.
In honor of Glen, start off your mornings with some Tai Chi to help you stay grounded, focused, at peace.
Rest easy, Glen
Tracy Wiggins wrote,
Absolutely shocked to hear of the passing of Glen Adsit. I first met him at UNM when I was his drumline TA while he directed the marching band. Then we reconnected when I went to Hartt to finish my DMA and we got to work together again. Adrienne even got to study conducting with him while we were there. I was so very fortunate to get to work with him during two different periods of my life.
Xuan Qin wrote,
It’s extremely sad for me to learn that Glen Adsit passed away today. The greeting email I sent out on 2023 Christmas Day as I do every Christmas didn’t get a reply from Glen, never thought it would be the last one.
Thank you for supporting and inspiring me since my day one at Hartt.
Rest in peace, Professor Adsit.
Valerie Coleman-Page posted,
Glen Adsit. I cannot believe it. You will be sorely missed.
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