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Jason Nam

Jason Nam

Jason Nam received a BM degree in Music Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Redlands in 2006. After graduating, Jason taught in the Santa Barbara Unified School District for four years, serving as Director of Bands at both La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School. Under his direction, both programs received consistent unanimous Superior ratings at jazz, band, and orchestra festivals. Also, during his four years as director of the San Marcos High School Marching Band, the ensemble placed in the top two in their division every year at SCSBOA Field Championships, receiving the gold medal in 2007 and 2008.

Jason received a MM degree in Conducting in 2012, as part of the first class ever to be awarded such a degree at the University of Redlands. As both an undergraduate and graduate student at Redlands, Jason has received numerous musical and academic awards, including the Theodore Presser Scholarship, Thelma Beardsley Music Education Award, the School of Music Performer's Award, and induction into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. As a trumpet player, Jason has freelanced with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles in both the Inland Empire and Santa Barbara regions, and was a consistent substitute student performer with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, Jason studied with Dr. Eddie R. Smith and served as a graduate assistant in the department of bands at the University of Redlands.

Jason recently graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Professor Stephen W. Pratt. Jason has accepted a two year visiting appointment at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He is also Associate Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community wind band based in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Conductor's Guild, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and is also a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.


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