Adjunct Faculty, Performance Psychology
Jason has appeared in guest principal roles with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony; he is also Principal Clarinet at the Sun Valley Music Festival, where he has been a regular member since 2012. Abroad, he has performed in Thailand, Austria, Estonia, and Russia. Jason has collaborated in chamber music performances with many distinguished musicians, including Yefim Bronfman, Jessye Norman, Michelle DeYoung, Jeremy Denk, and Laura Aikin; as a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Sun Valley Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Eastman Philharmonia, among others.
He is passionate about teaching and is on the faculty of the University of Northern
Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top; he also taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2015 to 2016. In addition, Jason has taught many masterclasses and workshops using the concepts of performance psychology to benefit artists. At the beginning of 2024, he completed a master’s degree in Performance Psychology, and plans soon afterwards to earn the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) designation through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. In addition to working with performing artist clients, Jason teaches Performance Psychology classes at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Music.
In addition, Jason studied piano during his time at Eastman and loves to accompany other musicians. He can be contacted at JShafer@coloradosymphony.org.