Michael J. Glasgow, Minister of Music – EMAIL MICHAEL
As Minister of Music, it’s my privilege to oversee a program with more than 15 musical ensembles for all ages and skill levels. I work closely with Kathy, Amber, and more than 20 volunteer leaders; and I direct the Chancel Choir, North Raleigh Ringers, Revelation Ringers and High Notes Chamber Choir. I’m excited to be celebrating 19 years this spring! So much good can be said about NRUMC. I’ve seen many changes over the years, but one thing that remains constant is the presence of Christ. In good times and in tough times, His strength can literally be felt when you enter this place; it truly is a sanctuary. Before coming to NRUMC, I worked in advertising for nearly a year, but I’ve really spent my entire adult life at NRUMC. My calling to ministry is a story that I love to tell, though it’s far too long and involved to recount it here — I love sharing it over coffee!
I was born and raised outside of Detroit, and came to the Southeast for college. I double-majored in music theory/composition and journalism at the College of Charleston (SC). My Master of Church Music (with handbell and choral emphases) is from Concordia University Wisconsin, which I earned over three summers while working at NRUMC.
I have one younger sister (and an adorable niece). My parents are the rare kind (the ones still married). We’re a close-knit group, and though they live in Northern Michigan and we rarely get to see one another in person, we talk on the phone and through FaceTime regularly.
Music will always be my first love, and I spend most of my “free time” composing music and traveling around the country and abroad conducting choral and handbell events. I’m blessed to have had several pieces published and commissioned, so writing keeps me busy (though I do try to fit in trips to the gym and time in the kitchen to do some gourmet cooking!). Please feel free to visit www.michaeljglasgow.com to learn more about the rest of me!
Kathy Aspenwall, Associate Minister of Music – EMAIL KATHY
As Associate Minister of Music, I serve as director of Rainbow Ringers, Silver Bells, and Silver Chords, accompanist for Chancel Choir, High Notes Chamber Choir, and pianist for Exaltation! I coordinate the 10:00 Music Worship Team and outreach with Silver Chords and Bells of Hope. Now in my eighth year on staff, my favorite things about NRUMC are the wonderful sense of community and the excellence and diversity of ministry programs available. Before coming to NRUMC, I served as a music educator and mentor teacher in Ohio County Schools (WV) and spent the summers presenting for the WV Center for Professional Development. As a flutist, I taught at West Liberty State University and Muskingum College and played professionally with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. I now enjoy presenting handbell classes at National Handbell Seminars.
Born in Wheeling, WV, I lived in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio until moving to NC. I earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a major in music education and a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University in flute performance. Post-graduate work includes an additional 45 hours.
My husband Jim and I have been married over 42 years and have two adult children, Jim in Maineville, OH and Johanna Caplan in Raleigh. We are blessed with four grandchildren: Grant (14) and Austin (9) in OH and Laurel (10) and Sam (8) here.
In my free time, I love playing handbells and ringing in Revelation Ringers and Distinctly Bronze East, and Bells of Hope. I also enjoy flower gardening, traveling, and especially being “Mimi.”
Amber Hitchcock, Associate Minister of Music – EMAIL AMBER
As an Associate Minister of Music, I direct Impact Singers and Exaltation! I have been on staff for two years now, but began in 1999 as a contract violinist for cantatas. Shortly thereafter, I decided to make North Raleigh my church home. As an active volunteer, I have seen our growth and been lucky enough to be a part of many wonderful ministries over the years.
I was born in Bethesda, MD and raised in Bartlesville, OK; but I got my musical start during a brief time that my family lived in Brussels, Belgium. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree (with violin as my major instrument) from DePauw University, and my Master of Church Music degree (with a choral emphasis) is from Concordia University Wisconsin.
My family is spread out in New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, so I don’t see them often, but I do try to travel to see them when possible, especially now that my brother and sister-in-law in New York have a daughter! I consider the people at NRUMC to be my family and feel very much taken care of by the special people at this church.
Since my position at church is part-time, I spend most of my time at my full-time job at Ravenscroft School teaching young children to play the violin, viola, and cello. When I do have free time, I usually spend it playing and singing more music. I love handbells and voice as well as violin and viola, my main instruments. Occasionally, though, I do get to read a good book!