Mr. Jason Love
Adjunct Instructor, Conducting
B. Mus. Peabody Conservatory (1992)
Praised for his “intelligent and innovative programming,” Jason Love has brought his inspiring demeanor and enormous energy to several of Maryland’s great cultural institutions. Under his leadership, the Baltimore Sun has called The Columbia Orchestra “Howard County's premier ensemble for instrumental music,” noting that “Love has the musicians playing not only with verve and passion, but with an awareness to enter into the emotional core of the works they perform.”
Love’s twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association has been marked by continuous growth in the success and prestige of this organization. He has commissioned new works, forged partnerships with other arts organizations, extended the orchestra's community outreach programs and conducted highly successful tours of Austria, Japan, and Russia. Under his guidance the organization’s Bridges program provides instruments, lessons, and orchestra for urban students who would not otherwise have access to string instruction.
As a conductor and cellist, Mr. Love served for five years as Music Director for the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, a contemporary music group based in Baltimore, MD. Under his leadership, the NHCE gave dozens of local and world premieres and became a unique resource for contemporary music in the area. Mr. Love is also active as a cellist, performing frequently in Maryland and across the United States. He recently gave the NC premiere of Tan Dun’s multi-media cello concerto, The Map. He performs on a cello made by Lawrence Wilke, winner of the Violin Society of America’s 2006 Gold Medal for Cello.
A highly respected educator, Mr. Love also served as Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Repertory Orchestra in Annapolis, MD for four years. In his eleven years on the faculty of the Governor's School of North Carolina, he taught Twentieth-Century music to academically gifted high school students and lectured extensively on music and culture in our time. He has adjudicated numerous orchestra festivals and honors orchestras. Not content to limit his educational endeavors to young people, he has lectured at many institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Symphony and the Peabody Elderhostel program. He is a frequent panelist on the popular radio program, “Face the Music,” on WBJC-FM in Baltimore, MD.
Recent guest appearances found him conducting a variety of ensembles such as the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Sinfonietta (DC), Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, and RUCKUS, a contemporary music ensemble at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also teaches conducting. Aside from classical music he performs with singer-songwriter Angela Taylor and can be heard on singer-songwriter Sahffi’s album Turning Tides. Mr. Love is the 2008 Winner of the “Howie” Outstanding Artist Award, which recognizes achievement in the arts in Howard County, Maryland.
Born in Burlington, North Carolina, Love studied violoncello with Ronald Thomas and conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory. He is Past President of the Peabody Alumni Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Carroll String Project, a community music school in Westminster, Maryland, and works with the McDaniel Orchestra Camp. He lives on a small farm in Sparks, Maryland where he helps care for 17 sheep, 19 chickens, and an assortment of other animals.