Jason Johnston - Bio


Horn Teacher and Lecturer at the University of Wyoming, Jason has recently been appointed Acting Principal Horn for the Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins and the Canyon Concert Ballet.  He has also been newly appointed to the Associate Principal Horn position for the Greeley Philharmonic and Principal horn for the Emerald City Opera.  Jason is Acting Assistant Utility Horn for the Cheyenne Symphony and also the Principal Horn of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.  He appeared as a soloist with the Steamboat Symphony performing Mozart’s Second Concerto for Horn and Orchestra and soloist with the Fort Collins Symphony performing the Britten Serenade.  Jason is also a Principal Player (Horn) with the national touring ensemble Apollo Chamber Brass, hornist with the Steamboat Winds, Rocky Ridge Wind Quintet, and 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.

Jason has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic as Principal Horn and other capacities, the Omaha Symphony as Principal Horn and other capacities, 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, Northern Colorado Opera Orchestra and the Rocky Mountain Horn Ensemble. 

Jason 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, with Johnny Hickman "Tilted" on the Campstove Records label, with Art Bouton "Colaborations" and the Denver Brass "Brass and Organ: Feel the Sound!"

Jason has been teaching in the Colorado/Wyoming Front Range for 12 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. Jason has students attending universities all over the country including the University of Illinois, San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and the YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia.  Jason 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.