Jason Heald


Dr. Jason Heald currently serves as Director of Music at Umpqua Community College, and is an active composer, performer, educator, and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from University of Portland, and a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. Dr. Heald is a prolific composer, with works published by Augsburg Fortress, ChoralWeb, UNC Jazz Press, Plymouth Music, Sound Music Publishing, and Call of the Wild Publishing. Premiers and commissions include performances by the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival. Shreveport Opera, Vanguard Voices, Delgani Quartet, Consonare, Kantorei, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, the Willamette Singers, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Umpqua Chamber Orchestra, University of Portland Community Orchestra, Soundmoves, soprano Linda Larson, and Halcyon Trio Oregon. Awards include Grand Prize Winner, Eventide Arts Songfest (Dennis MA); Grand Prize winner, Cascadian Choral Composition Competition (Seattle, WA); Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction in Choral Composition (Portland, ME), Vanguard Premieres Composition Contest (Detroit, MI); Sacred Voice Arts Song Finalist, (Salt Lake City, UT); Contempo Festival Award, Boston Metro Opera; Finalist, 21st Annual Ithaca College of Music Choral Composition Competition (Ithaca, NY); Project Encore Composer, (New York, NY); and 1st Place – Jazz Division, Eventide Arts Songfest (Dennis MA). Dr. Heald has also been the recipient of many ASCAP symphonic and educational awards. Recent projects include collaborations with Grammy award-winning artists Mason Williams and Tingstad and Rumbel, violinist Alex DePue, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), the Four Freshmen, Delgani String Quartet, and jazz vocalist Haley Loren.


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