Cellist and conductor Jason Duckles, after living for four years in Berlin, Germany, has recently moved back to Corvallis, Oregon. Jason attended Corvallis High School, and was a member of both the Corvallis High School Orchestra and the Corvallis Youth Symphony, under the baton of Charles Creighton.
Jason has been on faculty at Wesleyan University, where he directed the Chamber Music Program, and Connecticut College and Willamette University, where he was both Conductor and Cello teacher. He also enjoyed his years as the conductor of the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Jason has played throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has performed as the solo cellist for the Mark Morris Dance Group, has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and while living in Germany, was a member of Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra. Jason is married to Anthea Kreston, who is loving the outdoor life of Oregon, and has two daughters who play stringed instruments. Sometimes it is difficult to convince them to practice.