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Gloria Engle

Gloria Engle, Instructor / Coordinator of Accompanying

Gloria Engle, a woman with long dark hair, sits behind a grand piano
Gloria Engle, Instructor / Coordinator of Accompanying

School of Performing Arts
248 Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Gloria Engle is an Instructor of Piano and Accompanying Coordinator at Virginia Tech. She made her debut at the age of twelve, accompanying a friend in a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major. Since then, she has celebrated the multifaceted art of collaboration by exploring art song, opera, chamber music, and music for large ensembles.

Engle has served on the music staff of SongFest, the International Horn Symposium, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Druid City Opera, Bonita Boyd International Masterclass, and the Eastman Opera Theater. An advocate of contemporary music, Engle has collaborated with Virginia Tech’s music faculty at the VT New Music + Technology Festival, Rice University’s Electroacoustic Music Labs, Eastman’s Musica Nova, and the Beal Institute for Film Music.

With the support of SongFest, a renowned festival that supports the composition and performance of art song, Gloria gave the US premiere of “Fata Morgana” by Pavel Haas (2019) and “Radiant Depth Unfolded” by Anne LeBaron (2015); The LA Times praised her collaborative performance of LeBaron’s work as “capturing exquisite intricacies of sonorities.” Her recent concerts include the American premiere of Doina Rotaru’s “Nymphéa” under the direction of Maestro Jonathon Heyward and “The Crucible” scored by Peter Salem with the Scottish National Ballet at Spoleto Festival USA.

Engle has performed with distinguished artists such as Barbara Jöstlein Currie, Xavier Foley, Yu Tamaki Hoso, Chien-Kwan Lin, Lin Ma, Jennifer Montone, Dimitri Murrath, Julia Pilant, and Jennifer Youngs. In addition, she has accompanied masterclasses given by luminaries such as Sir Thomas Allen, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Renée Fleming, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Frederica von State, John Musto, Paul Katz, and Miriam Fried.

She studied under the tutelage of Nancy Garrett, Robert Roux, and Jean Barr and received mentorship from the legendary pianist Abbey Simon in her pre-college years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (BM), Rice University (MM), and the Eastman School of Music (DMA).

  • Piano performance
  • Collaborative piano
  • Art songs
  • Chamber music
  • Mixed and large ensemble
  • DMA in Collaborative Piano, Eastman School of Music, 2019
  • MM in Piano Performance, Rice University, 2013
  • BM in Piano Performance, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • Faculty Pianist, SongFest
  • Resident Pianist, International Horn Society 2022
  • Jean Barr Award, Eastman School of Music
  • Artist concert and lecture with Julia Pilant and Barbara Jöstlein Currie from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jennifer Montone from Philadelphia Orchestra, and Nikki LaBonte from Rochester Philharmonic, IHS, 2022
  • Forums and concerts consisting works by Richard Danielpour and composers-in-residence, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Sheila Silver. SongFest, San Francisco Conservatory, 2022
  • Concert with trombonist Yu Tamaki Hoso, Texas A&M Kingsville, 2022
  • International Clarinet Association, with Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort, Virtual, 2021
  • Guest Coach/Pianist, opera “The Mother of Us All” by Virgil Thomson, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 2020
  • The US premiere, Fata Morgana by Pavel Haas (1899-1944, d. Auschwitz), SongFest, 2019  
  • World Premiere, Radiant Depth Unfolded by Anne LeBaron, Songfest, 2015
  • MUS 2284 - Piano accompanying
  • MUS 2524/4524 - Applied keyboard
  • MUS 3314 - Instrumental accompanying