Dr. Glenn Bennett established the Arizona Cantilena Chorale in 2005.
Glenn M. Bennett is a graduate of Stetson University, with a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Conducting. He completed his Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminar, where he studied with Dr. Jack Coldiron, Dr. James McKinney, author of The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults. He established the Arizona Cantilena Chorale in the late summer of 2005 by bringing together the vocal talents of students and friends from past and current performing groups who have an ability to create a homogenous vocal blend. He is presently serving on the music faculty at Mesa Community College – Red Mountain Campus, Mesa, Arizona. His choirs have performed Bach’s Magnificat in D, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahm’s Requiem, Pucinni’s Missa Di Gloria, Rutter’s Requiem and Magnificat, and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, just to name a few of the major works his groups have done. Additionally, his choirs have performed with Andy Williams; Video Games Live tour; the Brighton Music Festival in Brighton, England; Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado; the Percussion Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, where they premiered several new works for choir and percussion ensemble by Swedish composer and mallet specialist Anders Astrand. Dr. Bennett has studied conducting with Robert Burton, C. David Keith, Robert C. Rich and has worked with the late Paul Salamunovich on special projects with his choirs, most notably Durufle’s Requiem.
Locally, his choirs have appeared with the Mesa Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest and the Symphony of the West Valley. Dr. Bennett is a member of the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has been an adjudicator for the Arizona NATS auditions and has served as a guest clinician for several regional choral workshops in Arizona. As a soloist, he has sung with the Flagstaff Symphony, Mesa Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Arizona Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Casa Mañana Playhouse/Theatre (Ft. Worth, Texas) and Dallas Summer Musicals, and he continues to be active as a tenor soloist throughout Arizona and the Southwest. He and his wife, Vicki, have four children and five grandchildren and presently reside in Mesa.