Glenn Pickett, DMA

Professor, Theory and Composition

Dr. Glenn A. Pickett is a creative —a composer, coach & educator.  His music for symphony orchestra, choirs, jazz bands & show choirs gives forward motion to those who perform it; inspiring their audiences as they experience together the joy of music. He believes that music is communication—and he is committed to helping people build better relationships by communicating better through music.  


He studied with Peter Boyer (Ellis Island)  to earn his D.M.A. in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University. He also holds a Masters of Music in Conducting from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in Piano Performance from California State University at Northridge. Having completed 25 years of service as a church musician in 2008, he was appointed to teach music composition at CBU.


He teaches a variety of subjects at CBU, but his main concentration is teaching students how to compose music. His own search for answers to the questions of, how? and why? has led him to develop a strong interest in musicology, thus he also teaches music history. He has been honored as an educator by being chosen to speak at Disneyland’s annual “Inspiring Brilliance” conference for teachers of the arts. He is also a member of the Lilly Scholars Network. His teaching of the technology of music notation is also helping other composers across the nation write their music faster—making it easier to read for those that perform it. 


Dr. Pickett is a published composer with the Alfred, Fred Bock, Hal Leonard and Lillenas Music Companies. He has been honored to have received the “Editor’s Choice” recognition on multiple occasions from the J.W. Pepper company, the world’s largest retail supplier of music.  His commissioned arrangements for showchoirs have consistently helped lead those groups that perform them to national championships.


His forty minute, commissioned work for the Corona Symphony The Circle City Suite, is typical of the different and creative attitude he employs to reach audiences. Its five, programatic movements depict five different eras from California’s rich and diverse history as a musical means of helping people build relationships through mutual understanding. Accompanied by slides and narration, it was enthusiastically received by a standing room only audience at its premiere. The work’s impact for the good was recognized by the City of Corona through the awarding of civic proclamations of recognition to the Corona Symphony, its executive director and to Dr. Pickett.


Dr. Pickett also serves as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Upland. He married Julie Urbanovich in 1986 and together, they truly enjoy their three grown children, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.