Our Composer

Chauncey McGlathery

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Chauncey McGlathery grew up a preacher’s kid in a small Baptist church in the heart of the Bible Belt. He graduated from Lee High School and trained at Auburn University School of Engineering, Howard University School of Law and Beeson Divinity School. Most recently he served as a professor of musicology in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at Boston College.

Chauncey began his musical directing career more than 20 years ago in various cities including South Central Los Angeles during the L. A. Riots community rebuilding effort and Harlem during the Giuliani administration. After defending New York City and several of its police officers in civil rights cases, he moved back to Alabama, to work as a full-time minister. Recently, he moved to Boston to work as a music educator and for several years he served as the music minister at Bethel AME Church.

Chauncey uses music to build community among interfaith leaders within organizations as varied as the Boston Public School system and The Lyric Stage Company. His music is featured in several award-winning theatre productions including Sugar and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. His unique facilitative leadership and teaching style has been featured in two documentaries which debuted on WGBH-Boston, the International Documentary Challenge and the Roxbury Film Festival. His recent courses include Jazz and Social Change, The Rhythm, The Blues and the Irony of a Negro Artist, The Disintegration of the Gospel according to Hip Hop and Bob Marley’s Fear and Faith in Wartime America.

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