Immediate Past Music Director & Conductor, GBYO Youth Orchestra
Jason’s twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association was marked by continuous growth in the success and prestige of this organization. He commissioned new works, forged partnerships with other arts organizations, extended the orchestra’s community outreach programs and conducted highly successful tours of Austria, Japan, and Russia.
Jason is currently the Music Director for the Columbia Orchestra. Praised for his "intelligent and innovative programming," Jason has brought his inspiring demeanor and enormous energy to several of Maryland's great cultural institutions. Under his leadership, the Baltimore Sun has called The Columbia Orchestra "Howard County's premier ensemble for instrumental music," noting that "Love has the musicians playing not only with verve and passion, but with an awareness to enter into the emotional core of the works they perform."
As a conductor and cellist, Jason served for five years as Music Director for the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, a contemporary music group based in Baltimore, MD. Under his leadership, the NHCE gave dozens of local and world premieres and became a unique resource for contemporary music in the area. Jason is also active as a cellist, performing frequently in Maryland and across the United States. He recently gave the NC premiere of Tan Dun's multi-media cello concerto, The Map.
A highly respected educator, Jason also served as Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Repertory Orchestra in Annapolis, MD for four years. In his eleven years on the faculty of the Governor's School of North Carolina, he taught Twentieth-Century music to academically gifted high school students and lectured extensively on music and culture in our time. Not content to limit his educational endeavors to young people, he has lectured at many institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Symphony and the Peabody Elderhostel program. He is a frequent panelist on the popular radio program, "Face the Music," on WBJC-FM in Baltimore, MD.
Recent and upcoming guest appearances find him conducting a variety of ensembles such as the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Sinfonietta (DC), Bismarck Symphony, and RUCKUS, a contemporary music ensemble at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also teaches conducting. Aside from classical music he performs with singer-songwriter Angela Taylor and can be heard on singer-songwriter Sahffi's upcoming album Turning Tides.
Born in Burlington, North Carolina, Jason studied violoncello with Ronald Thomas and conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory. He is Past President of the Peabody Alumni Association.
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