Dr. Jason Michael Johnston joined the University of Idaho faculty in 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor of Horn at the Lionel Hampton School of Music. He received his D.M.A. degree in Horn Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. His duties include teaching applied horn lessons and studio classes, directing the University of Idaho Concert Band, directing the Vandal Horn Choir, teaching Brass Techniques, teaching an undergraduate Survey of Music course, and coaching several chamber ensembles. Jason has founded both the Palouse Horn Club and the Palouse Brass Ensemble. He is also a member of the Northwest Wind Quintet, the Idaho Brass Quintet, and is also a hornist with the Korean Summer Winds based in Busan, South Korea.
Jason is Principal Horn for Fort Collins Symphony, Associate Principal Horn for the Greeley Philharmonic, Principal Horn for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and Opera Steamboat, Co-Principal Horn for the Washington~Idaho Symphony, and 3rd horn for the Walla Walla Symphony. He appeared as a soloist with the Steamboat Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the University of Wyoming Wind Symphony, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Conservatory Concert Band, the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble, the University of Idaho Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, the Whitman College Wind Ensemble, and the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra.
Jason has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, the 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 Boulder Brass (former member), the Denver Brass, the Cheyenne Symphony (former member), Opera Colorado (former member), 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. 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, and The Denver Brass, “Brass & Organ: Feel the Sound.”