Jason Aylward
Chippewa River Chamber Orchestra

Jason Aylward
Jason is a sought-after conductor throughout the United States. He has served as assistant conductor for the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, and as conductor and artistic director for the Chippewa River Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, and Vintage Strings. He appeared with Twin Cities Orchestra at the 2017 National Flute Association Conference, conducting Jeffery Zook of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the Gala Concerto Concert. Additionally, he's worked with the CMU Musical Theatre, CMU Festival Chorus, and the CMU Wind Orchestra .

As a composer, he’s premiered works with the Fredericksburg Brass Festival, A-Stage Theatre in Minneapolis, the Fargo Monday Night Big Band, the CMU Symphony Orchestra, and CMU Chamber Singers. He won the 2016 CMU Orchestral composition competition with his work, "On The Shoulders of Running Water", and the 2017 CMU ACDA Choral composition competition with his work, "Memory, hither come".

Jason's primary conducting teachers are José-Luis Maúrtua, Peter Haberman, and Scott Jones, and has worked as assistant conductor to Ransom Wilson. He also studied jazz arranging with Allen Carter. He holds Masters Degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Trumpet from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelors degree in Trumpet Performance from Concordia College, in Moorhead. Jason is currently pursuing his DMA in trumpet at the Peabody Conservatory with Joe Burgstaller.