Ethel Glenn Hier
1889 - 1971
Ethel Glenn Hier was born in Madisonville, Ohio. At the end of her freshman year at Ohio Wesleyan University she transferred to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she received a diploma in piano in 1908. In 1911 she returned to the conservatory, continuing her piano study and attending composition classes. In 1917 she enrolled at the Institute of Musical Art (later The Juilliard School of Music) where she studied theory and composition. In 1918, Hier spent the first of many summers at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. In the 1920s she had begun to explore the medium of chamber music, including pieces that combined instruments and voices, such as Down in the Glen and If You Must Go, Go Quickly. The range of Hier's work was large, from the simplest of teaching pieces to songs and piano works requiring performers of professional caliber. Her career, though perhaps modest by today's standards, was exceptional for her time. Her works reveal a combination of imagination, skill, and technique that make them worthy of notice and revival.