Will Yager, originally from Knoxville, TN, is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Iowa. Prior to relocating to Iowa City, he was a regular member of several regional east Tennessee orchestras, an active member of the east Tennessee jazz scene both as sideman and leader of his own ensembles, and an ardent proponent of contemporary and experimental music. In addition to a busy performing schedule, Yager held teaching posts at Maryville College and the University of North Alabama. Yager has performed in masterclasses for Franco Petracchi, Bert Turetzky, Jon Hamar, Geoff Keezer, and more.
Yager holds an MM from the University of Tennessee and a BA from Maryville College. His primary instructors include David Slack, Bill Swann, Rusty Holloway, Steve Benne, and Volkan Orhon.