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Jason Johnston Assistant Professor of Horn


Newly appointed assistant professor of horn at the University of Idaho, Jason Johnston is Principal Horn of Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins and the Canyon Concert Ballet. He is also Associate Principal Horn for the Greeley Philharmonic, Acting Assistant Utility Horn for the Cheyenne Symphony, Principal Horn for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and the Emerald City Opera, and section member of Opera Colorado and the Boulder Brass. He appeared as a soloist with the Steamboat Symphony performing Mozart’s Second Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony performing The Britten Serenade, the University of Wyoming Wind Symphony and Peabody Conservatory Concert Band performing The Glass Bead Game, the Fort Collins Wind Symphony performing Shadowcatcher as a member of the Apollo Chamber Brass, and most recently presented the Schumann Konzertstücke on third horn with the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra. Johnston is also a hornist with the Steamboat Winds, Rocky Ridge Wind Quintet, Northwest Winds, Idaho Brass Quintet and the Korean Summer Winds based in Busan, South Korea. He was also a member of the Elevenet Jazz Ensemble, an ensemble with which he had the fantastic opportunity to take part as a performer/clinician at the 2008 International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto, Canada.

Johnston has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic as Principal Horn, Wagner tubist and other capacities, the Omaha Symphony as Principal Horn and other capacities, the Billings Symphony as Principal Horn, the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony, Longmont Symphony, Front Range Chamber Players, Denver Municipal Band, Northern Colorado Opera Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Horn Ensemble. Johnston can be heard on the commercially available recordings, “IN A WORLD…” on the Goes to Eleven label, with Wil Swindler’s Elevenet on the Origin Records label and The Denver Brass, “Brass & Organ: Feel the Sound.”

Prior to his appointment at University of Idaho, Johnston taught throughout the Colorado/Wyoming Front Range for 17 years and currently maintains a strong private studio of students who regularly attend All-National Honor Orchestras, All-Northwest Honor Bands and Orchestras, All-State Orchestras, All-State Bands, Collegiate Honor Bands and various District Honor Bands. Johnston has students attending universities, conservatories and festivals including the San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and the YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia. Johnston coaches/teaches individual lessons and small chamber ensembles at the Rocky Ridge Music Conservatory and works closely as a section coach with several Front-Range high schools.


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