Jason Eklund, Artist-in-Residence in Horn, is a native of Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Eklund began his professional performing career at age 18 as substitute horn for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. While at the University of New Mexico he served as Principal Horn of the Santa Fe Symphony and substitute for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, he earned a Master of Music in Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Currently, Jason is an Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University and an Instructor of Music Theory at Emory University. He is Principal horn of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, second horn of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Principal horn of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and fourth horn of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Jason has been a featured soloist with the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble. He has attended many summer music festivals including Aspen, Interlochen Arts Camp, Keystone Brass Institute, Kent/Blossom, and Sarasota. His teachers have included Jacqueline Sellers, Stanislav Suchanek, Patrick Hughes, and Gregory Hustis.