Victoria Glaser was born to Otto Charles and Dorothy Merryless Glaser on September 11, 1918 in Amherst, MA. She received instruction in counterpoint from Dorothy Fay Little and harmony with Stephen Tuttle before attending college. Glaser attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA and earned her B.A. and M.A. She studied theory with Walter Piston, Tillman Merritt, and Nadia Boulanger; flute with Georges Laurent; piano with Frederick Tillotson.

Glaser was an early pioneer in the development of the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory beginning in 1957. She taught theory, ear training, sight singing, flute, piano, cello, and organ until 1982. Glaser began her teaching career in the 1940s starting at Wellesley College (1943-1946) followed by the Dana Hall School (1945-1959), Longy School of Music in Cambridge (1972-1993), and the Music School at Rivers (1977-?).

Outside of the classroom, Glaser was the Organist and Choir Director of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Also, she composed choral arrangements and original compositions published by E.C. Schirmer and G. Schirmer. Her many instrumental compositions won her recognition in the Boston musical community. This is detailed in Howard Pollack's book Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski. Glaser is also known for her own book entitled Training for Musicianship published in 1971.

Physical description

The Glaser collection consists of 2.4 lin. ft; contained in two record cartons and one manuscript box. This collection consists primarily of paper files.


This collection includes materials belonging to and created by Victoria Glaser, who was an early pioneer in the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory of Music. This collection was donated to the New England Conservatory by Victoria Glaser in 2007.


Access to the Victoria Glaser Collection is granted by the Archivist or Director of Libraries, New England Conservatory of Music.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory. Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as the Victoria Glaser Collection, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Finding aid compiled by Steven D. Booth, Fall 2007.