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Glass Boyd, Fern

Cello, Music Literature
243-6889 (Faculty Message Phone)
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FERN GLASS BOYD is Professor of Cello at The University of Montana in Missoula, where she is a faculty member of the School of Music.  She is cellist of the Montana Piano Trio, a resident faculty ensemble at the School of Music, is principal cellist of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and is Artistic Director, as well as principal cellist and founding member of the String Orchestra of the Rockies, a professional string ensemble based in Missoula.   In addition to teaching cello and coaching chamber music ensembles at UM, she teaches courses in music literature, general education in music, and string methods and pedagogy.

 A native of Philadelphia, she began her early music studies at the Settlement Music School and went on to earn degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, where she performed as a member of the graduate string quartet at both institutions.  She is active as a recitalist and clinician and is a frequent soloist and adjudicator throughout the state and region.  She is featured as solo cellist on the commercial CD release Beneath a Northern Sky with the String Orchestra of the Rockies.  Fern served as President of the Montana chapter of the American String Teachers Association, for which she received a commendation for outstanding leadership by the national organization.  She is also a member of several other professional music organizations including NAfME, The College Music Society, and the Violoncello Society, Inc. of America.  Her cello is a beautiful example of the English maker Joseph Hill, of Wm. Hill & Sons,  made in 1811.