Jason Lichtenwalter, oboe
Jason Lichtenwalter holds the Oboe/English Horn position with the Colorado Symphony in Denver and the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Prior orchestral positions include Associate Principal/2nd Oboe and Acting English Horn with the Honolulu Symphony as well as Principal Oboe with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and East Texas Symphony. As guest English hornist with the Dallas Symphony, he performed in 2013 under then-Music Director Jaap Van Zweden and for the orchestra's 2018 summer residency in Vail. Additionally, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony (Principal, 2nd, EH), the New World Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Colorado Bach Ensemble. As a featured soloist, he has appeared on oboe (Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Honolulu Symphony), oboe d'amore (Bach Concerto in A, Englewood Chamber Players), and English horn (Copland Quiet City, Colorado Symphony and Texas Wind Symphony).
He is the oboe/English Horn instructor for the Junior and Young Artist Seminars at the Rocky Ridge Music Center near Estes Park and was on the oboe/English horn faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Denver. He serves as oboist for the Denver educational group, Up Close and Musical, and has presented master classes at the University of Oregon-Eugene, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Texas-Austin, SUNY-Potsdam, and the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, among many others. After initial studies with Denise French Lamb in Fort Worth, he earned oboe performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, studying with James Caldwell and Richard Killmer, respectively. He pursued post-graduate study with Elaine Douvas, Robert Walters, Mark Ackerman, and David Matthews.
In fall 2018 and 2019, Jason organized, managed, and performed for the Concert for Canines fundraiser, a chamber concert featuring Colorado Symphony musicians. The event benefited canine cancer research through Denver's Morris Animal Foundation, a global funder of animal studies, and directly supported a clinical hemangiosarcoma study at the University of Minnesota. When not making reeds, Jason volunteers for Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue.