A dynamic and diverse musician and performer based on the East Coast, Trumpter Jason Ayward has performed with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Alma Symphony Orchestra, the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra and the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra. His past teachers include Neil Mueller and Peter Knudsvig, Marie Speziale, Ray Riccomini, and Manon Lafrance. He is currently pursuing a DMA in trumpet at the Peabody Conservatory with Joe Burgstaller.
As a conductor, he has appeared in concert with the Texas Festival Orchestra at the Round Top Festival Institute, the Twin Cities Orchestra at the 2017 NFA Conference, and at Carnegie Hall as Assistant Conductor of the CreArtBox ensemble. Additionally, he has held positions as Conductor and Artistic Director for Vintage Strings, Founder and Conductor Emeritus of the Chippewa River Chamber Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor for the Round Top Festival Institute, and Le Train Bleu. As an educator, he’s worked with the orchestra, opera, theatre, band, and choral programs at Central Michigan University. Jason’s primary conducting teachers include Ransom Wilson, José-Luis Maúrtua, Peter Haberman, and Scott Jones.
An award-winning composer, Jason has premiered works with the CMU Orchestra, the CMU Chamber Singers, the Fredericksburg Brass Festival, the A-Stage Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and Concordia College. As an arranger, Jason’s work has been performed with the Fargo Monday Night Big Band, as well as on national radio with the Red River Jazz Group.
In his leisure time, Jason is an avid reader and runner