Evolution of Gospel


Anthony McGlaun


The Music District - 639 S College


Through narrative, recording and live performances, audience members will journey through the founding and evolution of gospel music in America. From the field songs of slaves to Curt Karr, these artists will take you on a journey of an original American musical genre that would change the world by covering the origins of gospel music from the negro spiritual, sorrow song, and the blues. We’ll then explore gospel through the preceding decades: the ’60s as a popular culture phenomenon, the ’70s as a mainstream culture, the ’80s where Jesus’ name was taken out of the lyrics, and current contemporary artists.

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Anthony P. McGlaun is noted for his clarity of tone, musicality and expressive delivery of text. Mr. McGlaun, a Detroit, Michigan native, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Upon his return to Detroit, Mr. McGlaun joined the faculty of Marygrove College where he served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Professor of Music from 2004-2009. He also was member of the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus and was an Apprentice with the company in the 2008-09 season singing the roles of Uncle Yakuside in Madame Butterfly and Remendado in Carmen. In the fall of 2009 Mr. McGlaun relocated to New York City to pursue a full-time performance career. During that time, he appeared in a national tour of Porgy and Bess and a national broadcast of the Messiah as Tenor Soloist. McGlaun also performed the role of Robert in Hin und Zurürck at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, where The New York Times recognized his performance as “…a telling, if too brief, showcase…” and “…amusingly characterized and well-sung.” Recently, McGlaun has appeared as Sportin’ Life in The Skylight Music Theatre’s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, where the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acclaimed him “…singing with ease and clarity.” McGlaun also performed the role of PoPo in the Chicago premiere of Troubled Island, and Robert, in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom. Mr. McGlaun has also made role debuts with both Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.

Anthony McGlaun is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the Actors Equity Association. McGlaun is also a member of Associated Solo Artists, a non-profit organization that provides artistic interdisciplinary programs to children, teachers, businesses and social establishments across the globe. Mr. McGlaun is a much sought after soloist, recitalist, lecturer and Master class presenter. He specializes in the Negro Spiritual and work of African-American composers.