A native of South Dakota, Jason Heath joined the bass sections of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen. He is a member of the Elgin Symphony and previously served as co-principal bass of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and assistant principal bass of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Jason has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, and Chicago Opera Theater.
Heath is on the board of directors for the International Society of Bassists and is the director of technology for the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He teaches orchestra in suburban Chicago at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook and Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, and he is a member of the double bass faculty at DePaul University in Chicago.
Jason has toured internationally with the American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and he has also performed with the Spoleto USA Festival, Britt Music Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. An active clinician and author, Jason has presented clinics for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference and the IL-ASTA Teacher Enrichment Workshop, and he has been profiled in International Musician, the New Yorker, and Time Out Chicago.
He has also served as double bass faculty for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Trinity International University, and Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute.