July 16 – After extensive research, the Austin Symphonic Band has announced the appointment of Pottsville native Kyle R. Glaser as the new Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band.
Glaser is only the fourth musical director since the group’s formation in 1981, following in the footsteps of Frank Simon (1981 – 82), Randol Bass (1983 – 85) and Richard Floyd (1986 – 2021). He was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants and had been the band’s guest conductor for their Nov. 14, 2021 concert at Weiss High School titled “Stage and Screen.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Austin Symphonic Band family,” Glaser said as he accepted his nomination. “Community bands have had a huge impact on my life, and having the opportunity to lead this legendary program with so many talented musicians is a dream come true. … I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve ASB and the great Austin hope you all come see and hear this wonderful community in concert.
Glaser is an associate band director and associate professor of music at Texas State University, where he directs the symphonic winds, oversees all athletic bands, and teaches various methods courses. He holds a Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Pennsylvania State University. He graduated from Pottsville Area High School in 1993.
Prior to his appointment to Texas State, Glaser served as band director at East Stroudsburg Area South Senior High School in northeast Pennsylvania and acting director of the East Stroudsburg University Community Concert Band. He maintains an active schedule as a clinician, guest chef and national referee.
His extensive research into the music of Robert Russell Bennett resulted in a performance edition of the suite for wind orchestra, “Down to the Sea in Ships”, published by Alfred Publications. He is co-author of the textbook “Conducting Enrichment: Daily Exercises for the Conducting Curriculum”, published by Sentia Publishing, and has contributed several chapters to GIA Publications’ “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series. He served as National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, the group’s national sorority.
Glaser’s professional memberships include College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Music and the International Brotherhood of Conductors Phi Beta Mu. He was also inducted into the East Stroudsburg Area School District Music Hall of Fame.
Glaser will conduct the first concert of his inaugural season as Music Director on September 18 at the Zilker Hillside Theater. He lives in Austin with his wife, Suzanne, a group director at Gorzycki Middle School, and their daughter, Eryn. He is the son of John Glaser and Linda Ryan Brennan, of Pottsville.