Dana Jackson, a native of Seattle, Washington, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. In the 2018-2019 season she will join the Seattle Symphony as a full time member, playing bassoon and contrabassoon. She is a freelancer up and down the West Coast. Ms. Jackson is also director of the Archipelago Collective, an annual summer chamber music festival on San Juan Island, Washington.
Her orchestral experience includes playing under the batons of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin, and sharing the stage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Mitsuko Uchida in a concert of Mozart piano works. She has played with soloists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman on the Carnegie Hall stage, and Yo-yo Ma in a sold out concert of chamber works in Chicago’s Symphony Center. The Chicago Tribune noted Mr. Ma & company’s rendition of Martinu’s Tango “had it’s most seductive effect when led by Dana Jackson’s bassoon.”
As a soloist Dana received the Honorable Mention prize in the finals of the esteemed Gillet-Fox bassoon competition held at the International Double Reed Society convention in New York City, and was a winner of the Francis Walton Competition, hosted by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. Ms. Jackson continues to give solo performances in the Seattle area. She is also an active chamber musician, performing with Seattle based woodwind quintet Olympic Winds and other ensembles.
Ms. Jackson holds a BM from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, a MM from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, and a PSC from the Colburn School.