Srul Irving Glick

Srul Irving Glick (1934-2002) is known as one of Canada's pioneering and most prolific composers, having written music in most major forms, including chamber, oratorio, orchestral, vocal and choral.

Glick grew up in Toronto where he was immersed in music from an early age. His brother Norman was an accomplished clarinettist and his father was a cantor. As a boy, Glick sang in his father’s choir and he spent hours listening to the great composers of the past. At age twelve, he began studying piano and advanced quite quickly on the instrument. However, he knew from the age of fifteen that he wanted to be a composer. The rest of his life was dedicated to this craft.

Glick went on to study music composition and theory at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of John Weinzweig, Oskar Morawetz and John Beckwith. Upon completing a Master of Music degree, he pursued advanced studies in Aspen and Paris with Darius Milhaud, Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch.

While maintaining an active composing career, Glick joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1962, where he worked as a classical music producer until 1986. He was also choir director and Composer in Residence with Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto between 1969 and 2002. It was there that he composed the majority of his liturgical music. Further, Glick served as program director of Jewish Music Toronto and Musica Beth Tikvah for a number of years. He also taught music theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory and York University.

In 2000, Glick received the extraordinary Yuval Award, presented by The Cantor's Assembly of America, for his "lifelong commitment to the composition of music that captures the heart and touches the soul.” In 1992, he received a Governor General's medal "for his contribution to Canadian culture"; and in 1994, Glick was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his "outstanding achievement, service to Canada and to humanity at large”.

Author: Robert Markow