Jason Squinobal

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Jason Squinobal is the Director of Instrumental Music at Virginia Wesleyan University, in Norfolk VA. At VWU Squinobal directs both the string ensemble and jazz ensemble, which gives him the opportunity to compose and arrange the majority of the repertoire the ensembles perform each semester. Squinobal earned his PhD in Ethnomusicology in April 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Squinobal studied with eminent composer Eric Moe and creative musicologist Akin Euba. While earning a Bachelors of Music Education at Berklee College of Music, Squinobal studied jazz improvisation and composition with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi.  Because of these experiences, Squinobal incorporates musical elements of traditional cultures into his compositions. From 2012 until 2015, Squinobal was the director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. While at UMM, Squinobal’s jazz ensemble performed his original compositions at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Minot, ND and at the Minnesota Music Educators annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. The ensemble also toured England where the band performed in Manchester, Bristol, and London. Most recently, Squinobal has been composing Art Songs, and is particularly interested in the structure, form, and themes connecting songs within cycles.