Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Jason Covey
|Jason Covey, trumpet, a native of South Haven, Michigan, began his trumpet studies at the age of ten. In the thirteen years since, he has become equally comfortable with playing in an orchestra, jazz band, and chamber ensemble or as a soloist.
While studying with Scott Thornburg at Western Michigan University, he performed regularly with the Kalamazoo, Midland, West Shore, Battle Creek, and South Bend (IN) Symphony Orchestras. In his first two years at WMU, he also had the privilege of performing and recording with the Grammy-nominated Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra.
In 2000, he was a finalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Competition as a member of the Inetu Lits Brass Quintet. Also in 2000, he won the school’s concerto competition and performed the Tomasi Concerto with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra.
He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and most recently spent a summer as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Since moving to New York City in 2001, he has performed with the Richmond (VA) Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Camerata New York, and the New York Chamber Symphony. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School where he studies with Raymond Mase.
Musica Bella concerts: May 18, 2003; October 19, 2003