Jonathan DeBruyn

JHS Conductor

I am honored to join CYSA for my second year as Conductor for the Junior Honors Symphony. I’ve spent most of my life in and around student orchestras. Growing up in a musical household, I was exposed to classical music from a young age. Playing music helped me get through some tough times, and has shaped me into the person I am today. Being in an orchestra is about more than having fun or receiving applause; it is about becoming part of something larger than yourself. I think that music matters, and it clearly is capable of transforming lives. I grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I studied violin at Portland State University with the incredible Carol Sindell, receiving a BM in 2016. In 2019, I finished my master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Oregon, and I was recently named Conducting Fellow with the Eugene Symphony. I’ve performed as a violinist with many local orchestras, including the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Newport Symphony, and the Eugene Symphony. I’ve conducted as far as Canada, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In my free time I enjoy drawing, reading, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I look forward to working with all of you!