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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Jennifer Glidden


Jennifer Glidden

Dr. Jennifer Glidden is an Assistant Professor of Music, Voice and Opera at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She teaches applied voice and opera workshop. In addition, she directs the Department of Music’s Mainstage productions. Dr. Glidden has directed two fully-staged scene programs, Mozart’s The Magic Flute (w/ full orchestra), and Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (w/Orchestra) during her tenure at TAMUC. This coming year, she will direct two comic one-acts, Il Campanello di Notte by G. Donizetti and The Impresario by W.A. Mozart. In addition, she will direct a children's outreach "Opera on the Road" production titled Little Red's Most Unusual Day, text by John Davies, for area primary and secondary schools.

Dr. Glidden is an active performer and recitalist performing both classical and musical theater repertoire. In 2011, 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 was invited to perform with the Juvenil Silvestre Revueltas Symphonic Orchestra in Leon, Mexico and 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 has performed a number of leading operatic roles. Some of her favorite roles include, Regina from Regina, Donna Anna from Don Giovanni, Miss Jessel from Turn of the Screw, the Countess from The Marriage of Figaro, and Mrs. Murrant from Street Scene. In addition, she has performed many oratorio works. Some of her favorites include Brahm’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah (Alto soloist), Mozart’s Mass in C, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Dr. Glidden earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she studied voice and pedagogy with Dr. Stephen Austin and opera with Dr. Stephen Dubberly and Ms. Paula Homer. 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. Her research interests include methods for training the singer-actor and those who have made significant contributions to train singer-actors, specifically in opera. She has a special interest in the legacy of Boris Goldovsky. This past January, Dr. Glidden had the opportunity to participate in Ann Baltz’s Operaworks Winter Intensive Session as a Teaching Artist and this summer joined Margo Garrett’s Songfest Professional Development Program in Los Angeles, California.

Prior to her appointment at TAMUC in 2012, she served for four years on the voice faculty of the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow. She has also served on the faculty of the Dallas Summer Musical Academy, GISD Music Enrichment Program, and Broadway Bound Dance Academy. Dr. Glidden also maintains a private voice studio in the area.