Carroll Glenn

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Carroll Glenn and Eugene List and in 1953.

Carroll Glenn (28 October 1918 – 25 April 1983) was an American violinist and music educator.

Early years[edit]

Elizabeth Carroll Glenn was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1918. She began studying violin under her mother’s guidance when she was four and continued her studies in Columbia, South Carolina, with Felice de Horvath, who, at the time was teaching at the University of South Carolina. At age 11, Glenn moved to New York to study with Edouard Déthier at the Juilliard School through a cooperative program with the New Lincoln School, an experimental K-12 program operated by Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Juilliard at age 15 with the faculty scholarship award, and subsequently continued graduate studies at Juilliard.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Carroll Glenn won the Naumburg Violin Competition in April 1938 and, as part of her prize, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation sponsored her post-Juilliard New York debut recital at the Town Hall on November 7, 1938.[10] Her performance at Town Hall resulted in her winning the Town Hall Young Artist Award on April 11, 1939 — presented annually by the Town Hall Endowment to an artist under thirty years of age who gave the most outstanding performance in the prior year. Two more awards followed: the National Federation of Music Clubs Award and the Schubert Memorial Award.

She debuted with the New York Philharmonic under Artur Rodziński on December 14, 1941, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto, with critical success. During her 1942–1943 season, Glenn was featured in 21 orchestral concerts throughout North America.

She married pianist Eugene List in 1943, and they concertized together in 1946, when the U.S. State Department sponsored their first European tour. Glenn and List attracted vast audiences during the 1946 summer concerts of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Robin Hood Dell and during 1948 and 1949 concerts of the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium.

Glenn and List were strongly interested in offbeat, rarely performed, and contemporary music, including the double concertos of Giovanni Battista Viotti and Anis Fuleihan, and the Duo Sonata by Franz Liszt, which they rediscovered. Glenn gave the premiere of Andrew Imbrie's Violin Concerto (which she later recorded) and revived Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata for two violins.

By 1961, Glenn had made over 90 appearances as soloist with major symphony orchestras, an all-time record for a soloist of her years.[11]

In 1963, Glenn became Artist in Residence at the University of North Texas College of Music,[12] and also taught at Temple University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Eastman School of Music (1964–1975). From 1975 until her death, she divided her teaching between the Manhattan School of Music and Queens College. In 1974 she and List founded the Southern Vermont Music Festival in Manchester. Her last concert tour, in 1981, was to the People's Republic of China, where, in addition to performances, she gave master classes at the Peking and Shanghai conservatories.

She died in 1983 in New York, aged 64.

Glenn's playing had an ingratiating lyric quality and a communicative charm, though there was a core of strength and determination that belied her youthful appearance. Her tone was sweet and pure though not very large; her technique was secure in a vast repertory.[13][14][15]

Notable tours[edit]


Eugene List and Carroll Glenn had two daughters, Ola Allison List (born 1950) and Norma Rachel List (born 1956). Allison is married Joseph Gerard Werner, a pianist with the Rochester Philharmonic who had studied at Eastman with Eugene List. Rachel, a dance choreographer and university professor, is married to Michael Sansonia, also a musician.

Selected discography[edit]

Eugene List, piano, Carroll Glenn, violin
Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ernst Märzendorfer, conductor
Westminster WST-17166 OCLC 477414011


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  2. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, by Nicolas Slonimsky, Schirmer Books, New York (1997)
  3. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Four volumes, edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie, Macmillan Press, London (1986)
  4. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines; Volume 1: January 1946 – July, 1949, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1949)
  5. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines; Volume 9: September 1970 – August 1973, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1974)
  6. ^ Index to Women of the World from Ancient to Modern Times, Biographies and portraits, by Norma Olin Ireland (1907–2001), F. W. Faxon Company, Westwood, Massachusetts (1970)
  7. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines; Volume 13: September 1982 – August 1984, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1984)
  8. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines; Volume 14: September 1984 – August 1986, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1986)
  9. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service. A compilation of current biographical information of general interest, Vol. 14, Nos. 1–12, Microfilming Corporation of America, Sanford, North Carolina (1983) (biography contains portrait)
  10. ^ Wins Naumburg Award: Carroll Glenn, Violinist, to Make Debut Next Season, New York Times, April 10, 1938
  11. ^ Miss Glenn, The Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina, March 29, 1961, pg. 4
  12. ^ Concert Artist Becomes Newest Resident Artist, The North Texan, Vol. 14, No 4 (August 1963)
  13. ^ Gunnar Asklund, Hints for the Young Violinist: an Interview with Carroll Glenn, The Etude, lxi (1943), 773 only OCLC 6923703
  14. ^ Eleanor Blau, Obituary: Carroll Glenn, Concert Artist, New York Times, April 27, 1983, Sec. D, pg 23, Col 1
  15. ^ Boris Schwarz, Great Masters of the Violin, Simon and Schuster, New York, (1983) OCLC 9644200