Friday, November 18, 2016
Jason DeCristofaro is a multifaceted educator, performer, and composer based in Asheville, NC. He is adjunct faculty at Brevard College, where he teaches Applied Jazz, World Music, and Jazz History; he is online faculty at A-B Technical Community College in Asheville, where he teaches Music Appreciation and Jazz History; he is a published composer with C. Alan Publications. DeCristofaro’s concert works have been performed by the Symphony of the Mountains, the Asheville Ballet, and Sibei Wing (Principal Flutist of the Macao Symphony Orchestra). He is also the founder and artistic director of Asheville Composer Concerts and the Western North Carolina Percussion Ensemble. DeCristofaro has presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS)
The winner and recipient of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international scholarship competition for jazz vibraphonists, Jason has been invited to perform as a clinician and guest artist at the Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), Jazz on Main (Greenville, SC), LEAF (Black Mountain, NC), Western Carolina University Jazz Festival (Cullowhee, NC), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC). In addition to his scholarship, composition and Jazz performance, DeCristofaro is a percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, has performed as a xylophone soloist with the Brevard Community Band, and is a writer for Classical Voice of NC (CVNC).