Society of Peabody Alumni
Citation for the Peabody Alumni Achievement Award Recognizing
Outstanding Contributions to Music in Maryland
April 23, 2017
Jason Love, today we recognize and congratulate you for your contributions to Maryland’s musical life.
You came to Peabody to study cello with Ronald Thomas and received your Bachelor of Music in 1992. You stayed on to study conducting with Frederik Prausnitz, receiving your master’s degree in 1994.
As a cellist, you are an active chamber musician throughout the area, including performances with the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio, and have performed a wide array of concertos, including the Dvořák Concerto with the Frederick Symphony.
You are well known for your work with young musicians, having been the Artistic Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras for 13 years; served as conductor of the Repertory Orchestra of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony for four years; and led the McDaniel Orchestra Camp in Westminster for five summers. During your time with GBYO, you helped create its Bridges program to provide instruments and lessons for hundreds of Baltimore children.
As a guest conductor you have led ensembles ranging from the Baltimore Symphony to the Hopkins Chamber Orchestra. And you have always embraced new music, starting with the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble – a group you co-cofounded and led for five years.
In 1999, you were appointed Music Director of the Columbia Orchestra. Your efforts have grown that orchestra tremendously, taking the number of performances from six to 16 a year, quadrupling the budget, and increasing annual attendance 10 times, making it one of the busiest community orchestras in the nation. In 2008 you were the winner of the “Howie” Award recognizing achievement in the arts in Howard County.
Your work has benefited performers and listeners, young and old, and makes us proud to have you as part of the Peabody tradition of excellence. The Society of Peabody Alumni is honored to confer upon you the Peabody Alumni Achievement Award Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Music in Maryland.