The Youth Jazz Ensemble is a group for young musicians (ages 14-22) that involves a
short series of intensive workshops through the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo
Jazz Festival Young Musicians Education Program. With the help of experienced
instructors, participants work through topics in jazz theory, improvisation, and ensemble
Jason White operates at the forefront of music making and teaching in Waterloo Region.
A co-founder of the acclaimed Jazz Room music venue, and a frequent collaborator with
dancers, visual artists, actors, architects, and playwrights, his various performance
projects have been seen in many venues running from jazz clubs and art galleries to
2,000-seat concert halls and backyards. He premiered 10 new commissions in 2016, by
composers from Canada, Germany, the United States, and Australia. He is a frequent
performer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
and the National Academy Orchestra.
His integration of brain science, experiential learning, and drawing out a student’s
intuitive skills has put Jason in high demand as an educator. He tours Canada to
adjudicate competitions, runs workshops at universities, creates youth jazz ensemble
programs for Summer festivals, and is a Registered Music Teacher through ORMTA.
He has worked with many international artists and young students as a coach and music
director in contemporary opera and musical theatre.