eco-musician, composer, speaker, global traveler
eco-musician, composer, speaker, global traveler

Glenn McClure travels the world, seeking the musical voice of the Earth. He listens to the natural world and the people who study it and live within it. From camping on the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica to hiking the Volcanos of Hawai’i, Glenn searches for the place where science and beauty meet. His music and inspirational speeches energize those who care for the planet.

He currently serves as a faculty member at Paul Smiths College. His compositions have enjoyed a wide audience in the US and abroad.

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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…


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