Ben T. Glanzer

1910-1997

Ben Glanzer joined the Voice of Prophecy King's Heralds Quartet in 1944 at the age of 33. He became a favorite soloist with listeners, who particularly enjoyed his singing of "Keep Looking Up." Glanzer left the quartet in late 1948, after singing for nearly five years, but continued at the VOP as editor of the Voice of Prophecy News.

When asked about the high range of his voice, Glanzer would respond that he never recalled having had a change of voice as he entered manhood. Although he was born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, his family moved to Alberta, Canada, where they farmed, when he was very young. He was the oldest of six children in a family that enjoyed singing, often under the direction of their father, who would lead them with a pencil as a baton.

By age 10, he was plowing fields with a four-horse team and, a short time after this, when his mother became ill, he filled in by cooking and baking in the kitchen, doing the laundry, and sewing. He entered Canadian Junior College, now Canadian University College, at age 14 and became a printer, working in that trade for almost 20 years. While at CJC, he and another student, Jack Hardy, were able to single-handedly save the school's new Chickering 9-foot grand when a fire destroyed the Administration Building in May 1930.

During all of these experiences, he pursued music by directing church choirs and singing as a soloist and in quartets. Shortly after starting to seriously study voice, he was invited to join the VOP quartet.

During his lifetime he served as a pastor and singing evangelist for 40 years in the United States, Canada, and England. He eventually served for seven years in the General Conference Ministerial Association.

 

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Obituaries, R&H, 24 July 1997 and Pacific Union Recorder, 4 August 1997. Changing Lives, The Hilltop Experience, Canadian University College centennial history, Edith Fitch and Denise Dick Herr, 2007.