Michael J. Glasgow, Minister of Music – EMAIL MICHAEL
As Minister of Music, it’s my privilege to oversee a program with more than 15 musical ensembles for all ages and skill levels. I work closely with Amber and more than 20 volunteer leaders; and I direct the Chancel Choir, North Raleigh Ringers, Revelation Ringers and High Notes Chamber Choir. I’m excited to be celebrating 20 years this spring! So much good can be said about NRUMC. I’ve seen many changes over the years, but one thing that remains constant is the presence of Christ. In good times and in tough times, His strength can literally be felt when you enter this place; it truly is a sanctuary. Before coming to NRUMC, I worked in advertising for nearly a year, but I’ve really spent my entire adult life at NRUMC. My calling to ministry is a story that I love to tell, though it’s far too long and involved to recount it here — I love sharing it over coffee!
I was born and raised outside of Detroit, and came to the Southeast for college. I double-majored in music theory/composition and journalism at the College of Charleston (SC). My Master of Church Music (with handbell and choral emphases) is from Concordia University Wisconsin, which I earned over three summers while working at NRUMC.
I have one younger sister (and an adorable niece). My parents are the rare kind (the ones still married). We’re a close-knit group, and though they live in Northern Michigan and we rarely get to see one another in person, we talk on the phone and through FaceTime regularly.
Music will always be my first love, and I spend most of my “free time” composing music and traveling around the country and abroad conducting choral and handbell events. I’m blessed to have had several pieces published and commissioned, so writing keeps me busy (though I do try to fit in trips to the gym and time in the kitchen to do some gourmet cooking!). Please feel free to visit www.michaeljglasgow.com to learn more about the rest of me!
Amber Hitchcock, Associate Minister of Music – EMAIL AMBER
As an Associate Minister of Music, I direct Youth Choir, Exaltation!, Rainbow Ringers, and Silver Chords. I have been on staff since November of 2014, but began in 1999 as a contract violinist for cantatas. Shortly thereafter, I decided to make North Raleigh my church home. As an active volunteer, I have seen our growth and been lucky enough to be a part of many wonderful ministries over the years.
I was born in Bethesda, MD and raised in Bartlesville, OK; but I got my musical start during a brief time that my family lived in Brussels, Belgium. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree (with violin as my major instrument) from DePauw University, and my Master of Church Music degree (with a choral emphasis) is from Concordia University Wisconsin.
My family is spread out in New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, so I don’t see them often, but I do try to travel to see them when possible, especially now that my brother and sister-in-law in New York have a daughter! I consider the people at NRUMC to be my family and feel very much taken care of by the special people at this church.
Since my position at church is part-time, I spend most of my time at my full-time job at Ravenscroft School teaching young children to play the violin, viola, and cello. When I do have free time, I usually spend it playing and singing more music. I love handbells and voice as well as violin and viola, my main instruments. Occasionally, though, I do get to read a good book!
Brett Pardue, Associate Minister of Music – EMAIL BRETT
My fiancée Allison Gross and I are thrilled to return to our home state of North Carolina, and we feel doubly blessed that God has orchestrated our paths to North Raleigh United Methodist Church (where Allison and her family are long-time members)!
As the newly appointed Associate Minister of Music, I will serve as accompanist for the Chancel Choir, High Notes Chamber Choir, Silver Chords Seniors’ Choir, and Exaltation! band. I’ll also oversee the music ministry’s children and youth groups.
Prior to joining the staff at North Raleigh, I served on the voice faculty of Lehigh University as the Sametz Artist-in-Residence from 2016-2018, acting as lecturer for introductory voice and voice pedagogy classes, instructor of private voice study, and tenor soloist for the Department of Music. During my time in the Northeast, I also served as accompanist and vocal coach for Rowan University’s Department of Music Theatre and Dance and completed additional studies in Voice Pedagogy and Conducting at the esteemed Westminster Choir College.
I am a graduate of Mars Hill College—a private, Baptist liberal-arts school near Asheville, NC—and of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where I received my Master of Music degree, magna cum laude, and served as teaching assistant for the Voice Department. In addition to my musical interests, I have a strong passion for Theology, Worship Studies, and Christianity and the Arts; I recently earned the Certificate of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and am currently pursuing my PhD in Church Music through the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
As a performer, I have been blessed with opportunities which include solo performances at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York Lyric Opera, 2017), Lincoln Center (Philharmonia of New York, 2018), and Cincinnati Opera, as well as internationally in Italy, Canada, Bulgaria, and as an ambassador in Japan for Project Hand-in-Hand: an international music exchange designed to increase awareness of and support disaster relief efforts.
“Our talents are God’s gift to us; what we do with those talents is our gift to God.” What better way to share our gifts than through the worship of the Almighty! My true calling has and always will be music ministry, and I thank God for ordering my steps to North Raleigh. I look forward to serving at NRUMC as Allison and I make this church our home!