Faculty Profiles

Glenn Getty

Piano, Organ

Glenn has taught at The Music Center since 2021 and embraces the diversity of his students and colleagues while enjoying a first-class learning environment. He believes in empowering his students and connecting his experiences and expertise with their interests, goals, and personalities. “I balance the student’s focus on technical and analytical skills with creative play and experimentation at the keyboard, aspiring for a holistic approach,” he adds. Glenn’s musical interests range from ancient to modern repertoire, composing and songwriting, and building and playing instruments. This includes a fascinating electronic instrument, the theremin. Of his many musical experiences, performing his compositions with others is always a privilege. Composing began early, and at age 13, he won the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Composition Contest. Being in the audience is an equal pleasure. In 2008, Glenn witnessed unforgettable performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Grand Rapids — and its more recent counterpart, Siegfried Mathos’ Te Deum. Glenn studied piano performance with Professors Lori Sims, Sylvia Roederer, and Yu-Lien, and organ performance with Dr. Karl Schrock at Western Michigan University. In addition to piano and organ, Glenn has studied and performed on the carillon, flute, and mallet percussion. He has also sung in various choirs, including the Battle Creek Boychoir, Collegiate Singers, and Grand Chorus at Western Michigan University. While studying art and design at the University of Michigan, Glenn performed on the two carillons in the Burton and Lurie Towers.