Roanoke Symphony Orchestra


James Glazebrook


James Glazebrook, Associate Concertmaster & Roanoke Youth Symphony Director

David Stewart Wiley James Glazebrook has served as the Conductor of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra since 1988. In this capacity, he provides the artistic leadership to a 70-member orchestra made up of student musicians, ages 12 to 18, from a six-county region. The only professional orchestral training for young people in western Virginia, the Roanoke Youth Symphony has been in existance since 1956 and has grown dramatically in its achievments under the guidance of Mr. Glazebrook. Last season, the Youth Symphony performed three public concerts and three educational "Discovery Concerts" for area students. Membership in the Youth Symphony is obtained through spring and fall competitive auditions.

The RSO's Associate Concertmaster, Mr. Glazebrook is a talented musician who has pursued a diverse career as orchestra member, conductor, and university professor since completing his musical studies at the University of Iowa. He began his conducting career with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra and has many years of experience teaching all ages and levels of ability.

As a violinist, he has performed in chamber music concerts and recitals throughout the United States and has participated in Festivals in Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia. In addition to his associate concertmaster role in Roanoke, he has been concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Glazebrook's extensive repertory encompasses symphonic music, musical theatre, opera and ballet. He has previously served as Music Director with the former Southwest Virginia Opera Society, now Opera Roanoke. Presently as Associate Professor of Music at Virginia Tech, Mr. Glazebrook also directs the New River Valley Symphony.