Glennis Houston has been singing jazz since the late 1990s and teaching music forever. Currently, she is teaching the joys of music to elementary students with the Calgary Board of Education. At home, she teaches contemporary voice and jazz theory, and provides coaching on musical style, interpretation, and performance. She also directs the Calgary Crescendo Choir, a community choir comprised of, you guessed it, about 40 Italians.
What is your wish for 2017?
That I and everybody survive it would be a good wish I suppose. I feel like I should say “world peace” but I doubt that will happen with Trump. That I can reconnect with music more, write more, get the songs out of my head and onto paper, fall asleep and stay asleep, that people treat others nicer, that animals get the love and respect they deserve.
Which musical instrument reflects your personality the most?
Apparently all of them… hysterically, the test results weren’t clear. Isn’t that telling? I like the statement about the drums on a test that I took – energetic and fun, but get really ticked off if someone does something mean to me. I don’t know who wouldn’t be a drum… who wouldn’t get ticked off? If I had to choose, the bassoon when I fart; the sax when I feel either romantic or like blowing my head off; the oboe when constipated (are you looking for serious answers Deanne?). I just cannot. So does that make me the bongos?
If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be?
My mom and dad (both long departed).
If you were a food, what would you be and why?
Pizza – on any given day, I can be calm and simple, like ham and pineapple; the next day I can be wild and crazy like an all-dressed.
What is something you couldn’t go without?