Glenn D. Basham

Title/Position: Lecturer, Violin, Instrumental Performance


What music have you been listening to lately?
I actually find myself listening to more contemporary music lately, especially Arvo Part, Pat Metheny, Maria Schneider, and also musicians I have learned about from my students like Snarky Puppy and Sufjan Stevens. Tango has been on my playlist lately too!!  I love the passion and rhythm.

What is your teaching philosophy?
The great tradition of violin playing must be passed from one generation to the next, one violinist at a time. This is the way it has been accomplished for centuries, and no better way has yet been uncovered. In this context, I consider my teaching a serious responsibility and a sacred trust. I find myself constantly drawing on the knowledge I received form my teachers to guide my own students. I have found that teaching by example, and building trust with each student individually, is vital to her/his success as a developing artist.  My own teachers taught me well to truly love the music; when I am successful in passing on that intense love of music to my students, then they will find the passion necessary to do the hard work of becoming true artists themselves. That is my philosophy of teaching in a nutshell.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?
Music has so much power for good in the world, and in these shaky times, my greatest source of hope for the future is in seeing young musicians discover and embrace that power. … to change their lives and their world.  Every day, every performance gives us another chance to be inspired and to be inspiring.

What are some of your finest memories here at the Frost School?
Hmmm…. So many….  Okay, let’s see….  Playing “Different Trains” by Steve Reich, with the distinguished composer himself as our sound man!!  Hearing all my violin students perform Sweet Suzanne for Mark O’Connor on his first day on campus…. Playing and jamming onstage with Bruce Hornsby at the first Henry Mancini Institute concert…  Playing the UM fight song with the Bergonzi Quartet, for the UM Marching Band!  Okay that’s just a start…

Short Biography:

Glenn Basham (violin) is on the faculty of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he served as a full time professor of music from 1992 to 2014. He maintains a full performance schedule as concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and performs internationally as a violin soloist. He is also the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music. Glenn Basham has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University. Previously, he played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet. He has served as concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz musician, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, and John Blake, and is featured on recordings with the Miami Saxophone Quartet and Skitch Henderson.

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