Meet our Incredible Small Ensemble Directors!
Rick Glascock, Beginning Band
Originally from San Fransico, Rick Glascock received his Masters in Music in Percussion Performance from State University of NY at Stony Brook. After five years as Principal Percussionist with the State Orchestra of Guadalajara, Mexico he and his family moved to Austin, Texas where he was Director of Bands at Covington Middle School. While in Austin Rick was the Music Director of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and an active jazz vibraphonist. He is currently head of the Middle School band program at the Shanghai American School, Puxi campus.
Emily Benjamin, Beginning Strings
Emily’s performing experience as a violinist has been both rich and diverse, incorporating many different musical styles. She has enjoyed performing in numerous recitals and concerts, including performances in the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and the DancersDrummersDreamers® productions at the University of Idaho. In addition to her classical solo work, she has played in the Montana All-State Orchestra, served as concertmaster for the University of Idaho Symphony Orchestra, performed in a string quartet as part of a rock band, and played alongside well-known performers such as the band Kansas. She has performed in venues across the Western United States and Canada as well as in southern France. She has also been featured in premier performances, including the premiers of Nataraj (Shiva’s Dance) and Guru Mantra, written by composer and percussionist Navin Chettri.
Daniel Pitherin, Beginning Percussion
Daniel Pitherin attended the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, earning bachelor’s degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance while studying with Daniel Bukvich. During his time there, he helped teach introductory aural skills and theory classes as well as percussion techniques for music educators. Daniel has performed with every large ensemble at the University of Idaho. He is an active collaborator, enlisting other musicians to perform at his recitals and seeking soloists needing accompaniment in their own ventures. Several times these partnerships have evolved into small ensembles in their own rights, performing at multiple venues and commissioning new music. Daniel has been involved with DancersDrummersDreamers® at the University of Idaho for six years, having experienced almost every angle of this professional production tradition. He has been a member of the DDD ensemble: the performers creating the high level of energy the show is famous for by designing musical routines with mundane (or sometimes fantastical) materials; a dancer and a musician: performing original student compositions and choreography; and a composer: designing music with choreographers to support, encourage, and energize dancers and audience. Creativity is one of Daniel’s greatest strength, and he seeks to bring out his student’s creativity by focusing on fundamentals: reading, hand and body position, and stroke quality. Daniel is currently the percussion instructor at Dynamix Performing Arts Academy.