Dr. Jason Heald, Director of Music at Umpqua Community College, is an active composer, performer, educator, and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from University of Portland, and a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. Prior to his current position, he taught at Western Oregon University, Linfield College, and Mt. Hood Community College.
Dr. Heald is a prolific composer, with works published by ChoralWeb, UNC Jazz Press, Plymouth Music, Sound Music Publishing, and Call of the Wild Publishing. Recent premieres and commissions include performances by the Shreveport Opera, Vanguard Voices, Consonare, Kantorei, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, the Willamette Singers, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Umpqua Chamber Orchestra, University of Portland Community Orchestra, Soundmoves, soprano Linda Larson, and the Tapestry String Quartet.
Recent awards include Grand Prize Winner, Eventide Arts Songfest (Dennis MA); Grand Prize winner, Cascadian Choral Composition Competition (Seattle, WA); Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction in Choral Composition (Portland, ME); Vanguard Premieres Composition Contest (Detroit, MI); Sacred Voice Arts Song Finalist, (Salt Lake City, UT); Finalist, 21st Annual Ithaca College of Music Choral Composition Competition (Ithaca, NY); and 1st Place – Jazz Division, Eventide Arts Songfest (Dennis MA). Dr. Heald has also been the recipient of many ASCAP symphonic and educational awards.
Jason Heald currently conducts the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra, Roseburg Concert Chorale, and the critically-acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, the Umpqua Singers. Dr. Heald also serves as choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg.