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How to Engage Your Audience

Jason Seber, the David T. Beals III Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, shares how professional musicians can engage audiences beyond their roles in the orchestra.  From diversity and education to family programming and connecting with youth, Seber delivers an inspirational seminar focusing on the importance of experiential connections with people on and off the stage. The seminar includes a question and answers session.

Jason Seber is celebrating his fourth year with the Kansas City Symphony, beginning as assistant conductor in the 2016/17 season and being promoted to associate conductor in the 2017/18 season. In this position, he has built a strong rapport with the Kansas City community, leading the Symphony in more than 75 concerts each season on the Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra, Young People’s Concerts, KinderKonzerts and Link Up series, as well as Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills and many other programs. He made his Classical Series debut in October 2019.

Prior to his appointment with the Kansas City Symphony, Seber served as education and outreach conductor of the Louisville Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and music director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2016. He also has served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. Seber has guest conducted many leading North American orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Windsor Symphony. In the 2019/20 season he returns to conduct the Houston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Cleveland Pops.

A passionate advocate of music education, Seber conducted the 2019 National Repertory Orchestra at concerts in Breckenridge and as part of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. He has led the Honors Performance Series Orchestra in performances at Royal Festival Hall in London (2019), Carnegie Hall (2018) and the Sydney Opera House (2017). In 2020, he will conduct the Missouri and Pennsylvania All-State orchestras.

Seber has performed with classical artists such as Jinjoo Cho, Conrad Tao and Joyce Yang, as well as a diverse range of pops artists including Patti Austin, Andrew Bird, Boyz II Men, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Lyle Lovett, Brian Stokes Mitchell, My Morning Jacket, Leslie Odom Jr., Aoife O’Donovan, Pink

Martini, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Watson and Wynonna. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music education from Baldwin Wallace University.

NRO Virtual Masterclass & Seminar Series

Not even a pandemic can stop us from educating the most promising classical musicians.
Every 2020 NRO Fellow has the opportunity to participate in a masterclass or lesson on their instrument.  Seminars will include a line-up of top conductors and guest artists discussing a variety of essential topics for the Arts.

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