Careers in Fine Arts Profile: Anthony Glise

The word ‘fascinating’ gets thrown around a lot, and many people are coined with the term.  For one to be truly fascinating, he/she must be virtuosic and dedicated to many fields and have insight on a variety of subjects and topics.  In this regard, ‘fascinating’ is too miniscule of a term to describe Anthony Glise.

Glise is an assistant teaching professor of classical guitar and music entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri School of Music.  Among other academic degrees, Glise holds a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the New England Conservatory (Boston), as well as an MBA from Harvard University.  He is also the first and only American to win first prize at the prestigious Toscanini Guitar Competition in Italy, and is the author/editor of over 60 musical works.  On top of all of that, he is fluent in French and German (so much to the point where he utters phrases in those languages by accident in his lectures).

With so much experience and accomplishments, it is safe to say that Anthony Glise knows a thing or two about professional development.  We caught up with him to gain some insight on how he prepared for a career in the field of fine arts.

How did you get started in music?
My love for music came from parental influence.  My mother was a pianist and my father was a bass/baritone singer.  I just fell in love with the guitar very early and developed an aptitude for the instrument and music in general.

When did you realize that music was what you wanted to pursue as a career path?
I started playing guitar at age nine.  When I first started, I knew that this was what I wanted to do.

Was there anything that made you hesitant in pursuing music?
There were some financial challenges of going to a good school.  There were also concerns about the financial insecurity within the business.

What would you say was the most impactful moment of your career?
There were a lot of impactful moments within different aspects.  In school, I had many different role models and mentors that kept me going.  There are also numerous performances that I will never forget, especially playing at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.  I also look back on numerous international experiences, which introduced me to an amazing support system in the business.

What advice would you give to music students pursuing a career after school?
Work hard.  Don’t ever lose the vision of what you want to do and never let anyone tell you it’s not possible.  To quote a masterclass I gave a few years ago, remember this; “if you are what you do when you don’t, you aren’t.”  In other words, never let your work or actions define who you are.  Be you and use that asset to help shape your position and profile in the business — it will be more honest, and you will be more successful.

Click here for more information on Glise’s professional work.