Instrumental Conducting, Wind Ensemble
B. Mus. Honours (Saskatchewan)
B. Ed. Honours (Saskatchewan)
M. Mus. (Manitoba)
Jason Caslor currently serves as Assistant Professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and oversees the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting offerings. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting) at Arizona State University where his principal conducting teacher was Professor Gary Hill, Director of Ensemble Studies. Other mentors include Dr. Dale J. Lonis, Dr. Wayne Bailey and Dr. Fraser Linklater.
From 2005-2008, Caslor was Resident Conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, a 30 member professional ensemble. During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted over 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio broadcast), designed and implemented a myriad of education and outreach initiatives, was instrumental in helping secure numerous local, provincial, and national grants, and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Described as "the lushest-sounding set of blues ever recorded in Canada", it received two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.
As an educator, Caslor spent several years teaching in the public school system as both an instrumental and choral instructor. He is increasingly active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for festivals, honour bands, and music camps across Canada. From 2005-2011, he was a faculty member with the annual Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program.
Jason Caslor’s current research interests include determining a best practice for internet based rehearsals/clinics, spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large, school-based instrumental ensembles, the wind music of Giya Kancheli, and the history of the Gower Community Band program.