Glen Whitehead, D.M.A., is an international trumpet performer and interdisciplinary artist working seamlessly across musical genres, media and artistic disciplines. Erasing boundaries is his forté from contemporary, classical and jazz performance, to premieres of new works, his own brand of environmental, electro acoustic improvisation & composition, and collaborative composition across Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts. Most recently he was appointed Director of Performance of the EcoSono Institute and premiered Matthew Burtner’s Ecoacoustic Concerto for two trumpets with Grammy Award winner Cuong Vu. He works extensively with the acclaimed Ormao Dance Co. and his duo Psychoangelo with Michael Theodore has received international praise for their genre-breaking world of electroacoustic composition. Whitehead is Principal Trumpet in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (COS), Associate Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, is founder of the Interdisciplinary music major with tracks Creative Music Practice & Technology and Composition & Sound Design and is artistic director of the Peak FreQuency Creative Arts. In 2015 Glen was awarded the Innovations in Teaching with Technology award at UCCS
Among his many projects includes the composition Cinqo Episodés del Dia in a residency at the Centro Mexicana para la Música with guitarist Colin McAllister, the Ormao Dance Co including the composition Rebellion and Resistance with folk artist Tim Eriksen (winner of a Peak Arts award 2014), Boundless Breath and a sound installation Sanctuary of Moments at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He performend the world premiere of the Hennessy Concerto – for trumpet and orchestra by film composer Sean Hennessy in the 30th Anniversary concert of the COS, the Sonic Landscapes Festival with Matthew Burtner, Eve Baglarian, the Guidian Hand Trombone Quartet, and several collaborations with Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay of Kolkata, India. His duo Psychoangelo with composer / visual artist Michael Theodore of CU Boulder received critical acclaim for their CD release “Panauromni” on Innova Records (listed on the TOP 10 releases of the year by Chicago Time Out). Currently, he is also a member of Colorado’s highly acclaimed free improvisation ensemble the Bottesini Project and has co-developed a ground breaking course involving music, sonic environmental art, geography and environmentalism called Sonic Landscapes with Matthew Burner of the EcoSono Institute / University of Virginia and UCCS Geography Professor Brandon Vogt.
Past appearances include REDCAT in Los Angeles, the CEUF New Music Festival, BONK Festival, Bimhuis and Zaal 100 in Amsterdam, Holland, was a headliner with Psychoangelo at the Innova Festival in NYC, the EcoSono Institute, the SOUNDscape Ensemble, the IMPS Festival in Seattle, the ISIM Cross Cultural Improvisation Festival at Roulette and a featured artist at Columbia University. He recorded two cd’s with O’Keefe / Stanyek / Walton / Whitehead – “Tunnel” and “Unbalancing Acts” on Circumvention and 9Winds Records, performed solo trumpet on “Tania”- an opera by Anthony Davis on Kotch Int., and was principal trumpet on the soundtrack to the ground-breaking video game Everquest. He has performed with such artists as Grammy Award winner Cuong Vu, Pauline Oliveros, Scott Amendola, Kent Maclagan, George Lewis, Keith Rowe, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Mary Oliver, Nicolas Collins, Ofer Ben-Amots and Anthony Davis.
Previously, Whitehead held the Principal Trumpet position in the Orquesta Sinfónica UANL de Monterrey, Mexico and the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. His education includes a BMus in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (where he studied with Timothy Morrison), and M.A. and D.M.A from the University of California, San Diego (George Lewis, Anthony David, Ed Harkins)