Post-baccalaureate student Hilary Strain is the 2010 recipient of the Music Department’s Glenn Glasow Graduate Fellowship in Composition. Strain will use the fellowship next academic year as she pursues her master’s degree in music composition.
Strain explains that the fellowship will enable her to write a piece that can be performed by up to five instruments, an enormous educational advantage. As a somewhat older student returning to academia, Strain lauds Cal State East Bay both for its excellent music instructors whose communication with one another enhances the education experience, and for the welcoming atmosphere.
Strain, a Palo Alto resident with a piano tuning and rebuilding business, hopes someday to be teaching in such an institution.
The Glenn Glasow and Yoshiko Kakudo Endowment in Music Composition was created in 2009 to create a fellowship for graduate study and an annual concert honoring Glasow.
Glasow was a CSUEB professor of music and Asian studies from 1961 to 1995. Born in Minnesota, he attended Hamline University, studied music in Germany on a Fulbright grant and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Before joining the faculty at CSUEB, Glasow was the music director at radio station KPFA. In addition to teaching, he was also an active composer and an expert in world music, particularly Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.