Gloria J. Thurmond, D. Min.
Faculty Associate of Music
A vocal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, and a published eco-theologian whose scholarship links ecology and Mary.
Music has been long recognized as a universal language. Singing, the beginnings of which are the sustained, natural vocal utterances of a cry, a sigh, a shout, or a chant, is the primordial expression of the language of music. Based upon this understanding, it is my belief that the capacity to sing resides innately at core of our humanity. The call of our human nature to express song, however, is not our gift exclusively. In Psalm 98, the ancient biblical psalmist extends the invitation “to sing a new song” not just to the human community, but to “all the earth: let the sea roar and all that fills it; let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord.”
The vision that is lifted up through the “new song” would bring all of creation together into one voice that expresses unity among the diverse communities of creation and praise to the Creator.
The courses that I teach are Private Voice, Beginning Voice Class, Music of America, and the University Core course, Journey of Transformation.
- 2002 D. Min., Worship and Spirituality, Drew University
- 1999 M.T.S., Theological Studies, Drew University
- 1971 M.A., Vocal Music, Montclair State College
- Provost’s Award in 2007 for publication of Ecology and Mary article published by Notre Dame University Press.
- Program Director, Jazz ‘n the Hall Series, Seton Hall University, since 2005
- Operatic Artist and Faculty, Assisi Music Festival of Assisi Performing Arts, Assisi, Italy, since 2001.
- Investiture as a Dame into the Knights of Malta, Order of St. John, Assisi Italy - in acknowledgement of artistic contributions and activities toward intercultural understanding, 2006.
- Honorable Mention Award (1976), Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.