Jason Michael Johnston, D.M.A.

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 (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Horn Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. His duties include teaching applied horn lessons, directing the Vandal Horn Choir, the University of Idaho Concert Band, teaching Brass Techniques, and an undergraduate Survey of Music course. Jason has founded both the Palouse Horn Club and the Palouse Brass Ensemble, He is also a member of the Northwest Wind Quintet and Idaho Brass Quintet.

Jason 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, Principal Horn for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and the Emerald City Opera, Co-Principal Horn of the Washington~Idaho Symphony, and 3rd horn for the Walla Walla Symphony. 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, and the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble performing Gemini. He was featured with both with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony performing Shadowcatcher as a member of the Apollo Chamber Brass and with the Whitman College Wind Symphony as a member of the Idaho Brass Quintet. Jason has performed the Schumann Konzertstücke on third horn with the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra. Jason is also a hornist with the Korean Summer Winds based in Busan, South Korea. He was also a member of the Elevenet Jazz Ensemble.

Jason 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 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.”