The American conductor, organist and composer, Matthew DuQuan Glandorf, was raised in Germany, where he received early instruction at the organ at the Bremen Cathedral with Wolfgang Baumgratz. At age 16 he entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of John Weaver and Ford Lallerstedt. He pursued graduate studies with McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music.
Matthew Glandorf has an active career as a conductor, composer, church musician, and educator. In 2004 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Choral Arts (Society of)
Philadelphia, and in 2008 he became the Artistic Director of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. He has served as director of music for many Philadelphia churches, including St. Marks Episcopal Church, Old St. Joseph's, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, and Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion.
As an organist Matthew Glandorf is noted for his improvisation and has played recitals throughout the USA and in England and Germany, including Rochester Cathedral, Ulm Munster, the Cathedral of Bremen, the Wanamaker Grand Court organ, and the new organ in Verizon Hall. He has made several recordings as an organist and an accompanist.
Matthew Glandorf has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College and Westminster Choir College and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1995, of which he is a current faculty member. In November of 2015, he was appointed as Director of Music at University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in the hart of Philadelphia's University City district. He currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.