Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/11/15

ABOVE:The celebrated percussionist, who had a leading role in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, will give a lecture and performance in Foy Hall on Monday, Feb. 16. (Photo Credit: Jim Callaghan)


Internationally Renowned Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to Perform at Moravian College

World renowned solo percussionist and motivational speaker Dame Evelyn Glennie will present a lecture and demonstration at Moravian College on Monday, February 16, in Foy Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. At the conclusion of her performance, Moraivan College will honor Glennie for her contributions to the world of music and for being a champion of music education. Sean O’Boyle AM, artist-in-residence at Moravian College, will present Glennie to President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 who will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Glennie will grace the stage at Moravian College and perform on several percussion instruments including the marimba, djembe, and waterphone. For her spoken presentation, Glennie will draw upon her wealth of experience as an international performer and provide a succinct analysis of overcoming challenges to reach career objectives.

Composer and conductor O’Boyle, recently named a Member of the Order of Australia, composed a concerto for Glennie who performed its world premiere with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (WA) in October 2014. "Evelyn Glennie is a musician's musician, an inspiration to show us what can be achieved with dedication and hard work, and I'm excited to have her on campus as part of our long tradition to bring the best in their field to Moravian College,” O’Boyle said. “Evelyn is a passionate advocate for music education and is sought after all over the world for masterclasses, speeches and advice.“

Life is full of challenges, but we can always find alternative ways of approaching our difficulties, which will often lead to new discoveries.”

– Dame Evelyn Glennie

Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honor of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Glennie regularly provides masterclasses and consultations designed to guide the next generation. She is also a leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, she has more than 170 pieces to her name from many of the world's most eminent composers. The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation. Glennie continues to invest in realizing her vision—to teach the world to listen.

“Life is full of challenges, but we can always find alternative ways of approaching our difficulties, which will often lead to new discoveries,” Glennie said. “My career and my life have been about listening in the deepest possible sense. Losing my hearing meant learning how to listen differently, to discover features of sound I hadn’t realized existed. Losing my hearing made me a better listener.” She islooking to open a center that embodies her mission: “to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower.”

General admission is $15 with reduced price of $10 for senior citizens and students. Advance tickets are available at

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