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Glenn in Hawaii 2018-2019

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Glenn McClure, who serves on the faculty at Paul Smiths College is the Winter-Spring Artist in Residence at Volcano National Park.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) are proud to announce that Glenn McClure, composer, educator, and scholar, will be the Winter-Spring Artist in Residence near the Park which has recently reopened after the recent and spectacular lava flows across a third of the largest island in the state of Hawai’i.

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Special Series: Volcano National Park in Hawaii

Using Science and a Hawaiian Volcano to Create New Music (NCPR)

Using Science and a Hawaiian Volcano to Create New Music (NCPR)

Todd Moe interviews Glenn for North Country Public Radio this morning.  Todd Moe caught up with Glenn McClure by phone to find out more about his life-long advocacy for exploring the environment through musical compositions, and “sonifying” scientific data into musical sketches. Listen below:

NPR’s All Things Considered – Like the Air We Breathe

NPR’s All Things Considered – Like the Air We Breathe

National Parks are like the air we breathe. I usually don’t think much about the air. It’s invisible, but it’s always there. I take it for granted while I go about my day. However, I get highly focused when suddenly I can’t breathe. Unless the National Parks are part of our vacation plans, they are…

Creative Time

Creative Time

I am very grateful for the creative time of this residency. While I usually compose music in the narrow windows of time between teaching, grant writing, and other duties, this has been a welcome month of greater focus on the creative process

Glenn Live on Big Blend Radio Hour

Glenn Live on Big Blend Radio Hour

Glenn on Arizona’s Big Blend Radio. To hear archive, press below, then using bar at top of radio page, go to 59:59 or second hour of show.  Aired 3-4pm  EST 1/4/2019 .

What Lies Beneath – Lava Tubes

What Lies Beneath – Lava Tubes

My best wishes for a happy and meaningful New Year! Today is New Year’s Eve, the day that often brings introspection and resolutions toward better behavior in the coming year. As we look toward another journey around the sun, it is worth taking a lesson or two from the lava tubes.

Quiet Zone and the Government Shutdown

Quiet Zone and the Government Shutdown

I assumed that the ongoing negotiations of land use between scientists and traditional faith leaders was the only reason for “respect for cultural practices.” I was wrong. I watched a group of four visitors create strikingly beautiful poses in response to the imposing natural panorama. Artists of all kinds can’t help themselves.

Christmas at the Foot of a Volcano

Christmas at the Foot of a Volcano

My wife and I have gotten to know the local Catholic community of Sacred Heart, Na’alehu. This rural community gathers together the whole range of Hawaiians including those from indigenous heritage to those whose families originate from the US, Europe, Japan, China and the nations of Polynesia. The author James Joyce once described the Catholic…

Lava Trees – Courage and Stamina

Lava Trees – Courage and Stamina

The Tour To compose music about volcanos, I need a crash-course in volcanology. This is Dr. Don Swanson from the US Geological Survey, my “go-to guy” for all geological things during my artist-in-residence with the National Parks Arts Foundation. Today, Don led me on a tour of the Hawai’i Volcanos National Park, trying to get…

Turtles, Twain, and a Composer

Turtles, Twain, and a Composer

In the blur of jet lag from New York to Hawaii, I met some of my new neighbors. These sea turtles come to the Punalu’u to lay their eggs. This black sand beach is just down the road from Waiohinu and Na’alehu, my home for the next month as Artist in Residence for the National…

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