John Glofcheskie holds Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Master of Arts (Music History) degrees from the University of Western Ontario, as well as an Associate (Piano Performance) diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He also did graduate work at the University of Toronto, and at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was a doctoral student in musicology. In addition he studied clavichord and fortepiano at the Bern Conservatory in Switzerland, and Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
His principal area of research has been the music of Franz Schubert. He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences on a wide variety of Schubert topics including notation and performance practice, structural analysis and expressive meaning, social and political contexts, reception history, and iconography. He has published articles on Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Schoenberg, as well as numerous interviews with musicians, and has given additional conference papers on C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, and Berg. He has a special interest in Canadian music and has given presentations on domestic music in nineteenth-century Montreal, relationships between Canadian painting and music, and music in the life of the Ontario Kashubs. His monograph Folk Music of Canada's Oldest Polish Community, based on 1973 field recordings, was published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1980.
As a pianist John has performed in chamber music and song recitals. He has a special interest in the early piano, and has organized and played in concerts using original Viennese and English instruments of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He frequently writes programme notes and gives pre-concert talks on Classical and Romantic music for Vancouver music organizations. He is past supervising editor of Musick, the Quarterly Journal of Early Music Vancouver.
John taught music theory at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, and music history and theory at Brock University in Ontario, where he was also head of the department for four years. Since 1989 he has been a full-time instructor in music history, theory and aural skills at Douglas College. He also teaches a course segment in intercultural/international relations.
John believes strongly in music education in a liberal arts context. He is especially committed to developing the complete musician - one who is aware of the interconnectedness of compositional analysis, historical style study, and expressive performance.