Jason Love, Music Director

Jason  Love

Jason Love has won the 2013 American Prize in Orchestral Programming! Read more here.

Conductor and cellist Jason Love leads the Columbia Orchestra in his sixteenth year as Music Director, the fourth person to have held that post in its thirty-seven seasons. Praised for his “intelligent and innovative programming,” the Baltimore Sun has called the 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.” He was the 2013 Winner of the American Prize for Orchestral Programming and a past winner of the “Howie” Award recognizing achievement in the arts in Howard County, Maryland.

Love was Artistic Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras (now the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras) for thirteen years, and Music Director of the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, a new-music group, for five years. He has guest conducted a wide variety of ensembles such as the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Sinfonietta, Hopkins Chamber Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, Maryland Classic Youth Chamber Orchestra, and RUCKUS, a contemporary music ensemble at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he taught conducting for seven years.

As a cellist Mr. Love has performed a wide array of concertos with orchestras including the North Carolina premiere of Tan Dun’s multi-media work, The Map. Recent performances include Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 with the Columbia Summer Strings, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 with Piedmont Symphony, and the Dvorak Concerto with the Frederick Symphony. His many chamber recitals include work with the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio featuring Concertmaster Brenda Anna and pianist Nancy Smith.

A highly respected educator, Mr. Love also served as conductor of the Repertory Orchestra of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony 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, philosophy, and other subjects to academically gifted high school students. For five summers he led the McDaniel Orchestra Camp in Westminster, MD. He has adjudicated and guest conducted at music festivals around the country.

Born in Burlington, North Carolina, Love studied violoncello with Ronald Thomas and conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory. He is a Past President of the Peabody Alumni Association.

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