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Jason Shafer

Jason Shafer


  • Member of the Colorado Symphony since 2013
  • Faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top

Jason Shafer joined the Colorado Symphony as Principal Clarinet at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Previously, he performed for four years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. He received his Bachelor of Music with Highest Distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with Kenneth Grant. His other major musical influences include Mark Nuccio, Burt Hara, and Dr. Kyle Coughlin.

Jason has appeared in guest principal roles with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony; he is also Principal Clarinet at the Sun Valley Music Festival, where he has been a regular member since 2012. Abroad, he has performed in Thailand, Austria Estonia, and Russia. Jason has collaborated in chamber music performances with many distinguished musicians, including Yefim Bronfman, Jessye Norman, Michelle DeYoung, Jeremy Denk, and Laura Aikin; as a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Sun Valley Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Eastman Philharmonia, among others.

He is passionate about teaching and is on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top; he also taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2015 to 2016. In addition, Jason has taught many masterclasses and workshops using the concepts of performance psychology to benefit artists. At the beginning of 2024, he will complete a master’s degree in performance psychology, and plans soon afterwards to earn the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) designation through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Although he will continue to perform full-time, he is also excited to help artists overcome barriers to achieving optimal performance.

In addition, Jason studied piano during his time at Eastman and loves to accompany other musicians. He can be contacted at