2019 Clarinetfest Conductor and Soloist

Texas A&M University-Commerce Clarinet Choir

 Conductor and Soloist for ICA 2019

Dr. Ryan M. Yahl, conductor

Dr. Ryan M. Yahl currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he conducts the Concert Band and is the Assistant Director of the “Pride” Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at TAMUC, Yahl was a member of the faculty at DePaul University in Greencastle, Indiana, and taught middle school and high school band for nine years in the state of Ohio. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University, and recently completed his doctorate in wind conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Dr. Jennifer Glidden, soloist


Dr. Jennifer Glidden is an Assistant Professor of Music, Voice and Opera at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She teaches applied voice and opera ensemble. In addition, she directs the Department of Music’s MainStage productions.  In fall 2017, Dr. Glidden directed Handel’s Serse (In Italian) for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Regional Conference. Serse won Second Place in Division III of the National Opera Associations Opera Competition 2018-19. Dr. Glidden, soprano, is an active performer and recitalist performing both classical and musical theater repertoire. Dr. Glidden has performed a number of leading operatic roles. This summer, Dr. Glidden performed the role of Mrs. Murrant in Varna, Bulgaria under the baton of MET assistant conductor, Gregory Buchhalter. Dr. Glidden performs regularly with the TAMUC Wind Symphony and Chorale.  In spring 2018, she was invited to be a featured soloist with TAMUC’s Wind Symphony on their TMEA concert. In addition, she was the soprano soloist in TAMUC’s performance of Orff’s Camina Burana. Dr. Glidden is an alumni of the Ann Baltz’s Operaworks and Margo Garrett’s Songfest programs in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Glidden earned first place in the 15th International Canto Lirico Voice Competition and Festival held in Trujillo, Peru. As the top winner, Dr. Glidden performed with the Juvenil Silvestre Revueltas Symphonic Orchestra in Leon, Mexico and was invited by the Iberian and Latin American Music Society to present a solo recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England.

Dr. Glidden earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University and her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Dr. Glidden is also on the Voice Faculty of Varna International Opera Academy and serves on the Executive Board of the DFW district NATS as Vice President.