Conductor, clarinetist and educator Jason Weinberger is the newly appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa. Since joining the WCFSO as its Music Director eight years ago, Weinberger has made a mark in Iowa with exceptionally committed performances, incisive and engaging programming, and extensive community engagement. Under Weinberger’s leadership, the orchestra has taken major artistic strides, performing a wide variety of new and recent American music and hosting such guest artists as Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Peter Schickele, Brandi Carlile, Matt Haimovitz, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. The WCFSO has also expanded its reach significantly in the past several seasons, increasing the range of its concert offerings and successfully self-producing an array of family and educational concerts.
Weinberger has become a leading advocate for music throughout the Cedar Valley, and as part of that effort he spearheads the programming and presentation of the WCFSO’s wide-ranging educational and outreach initiatives.
In addition to his work in Iowa, Weinberger has been a regular musical presence in Louisville, where he was Resident Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra and a national recipient of the Bruno Walter Career Grant. Weinberger began his professional career as a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra; he performed with the NSO several times in addition to leading the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. While in the mid-Atlantic region Jason directed the orchestra program at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he founded an adventurous chamber orchestra and conceived and led a number of new initiatives for teaching and presenting music to urban youth.
Weinberger holds two degrees from Yale University: a bachelor’s in Intellectual History and a master’s in Clarinet Performance under the tutelage of David Shifrin. After leaving Yale, Weinberger attended the Peabody Conservatory as a master’s student of Gustav Meier.
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