Jason Lichtenwalter joined the Colorado Symphony as oboist and solo English hornist in 2002. Previous positions include Associate Principal/2nd Oboe with the Honolulu Symphony and Principal Oboe of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Since 1998, he has served as oboist and solo English hornist of the Britt Festival Orchestra in southern Oregon. He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Colorado Bach Ensemble.
Jason has been a featured soloist on oboe (Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Honolulu Symphony), oboe d’amore (Bach Concerto in A with the Englewood Chamber Ensemble), and English horn (Quiet City with the Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Texas Wind Symphony).
He serves on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Institute and has taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has presented master classes at the universities of Colorado (Boulder), Northern Colorado (Greeley), Oregon (Eugene), Texas (Austin and Arlington), and Wyoming (Laramie), at the State University of New York (Potsdam), and for the Taller de Oboe Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Locally, he serves as oboe/woodwind coach for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and narrates/performs with the Up Close and Musical educational ensemble. His private students have received All-State honors and been accepted to institutions such as the Oberlin Conservatory.
He earned a Bachelors degree in Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he received the Artistry in Oboe Performance Award and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Musical Society, and a Masters degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. His primary instructors were James Caldwell and Richard Killmer.