Jason H. Nam
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Bands); Assistant Director of Bands
Simon Center, M153C
- D.M., Indiana University, 2015
- M.M., University of Redlands, 2012
- B.M., University of Redlands, 2006
Jason H. Nam is visiting assistant professor of music (bands) and assistant director of bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental conducting, administration of school bands, and wind band repertoire.
Nam earned a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the Jacobs School, where he studied with Stephen W. Pratt. He also earned an M.M. in Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where he studied with Eddie R. Smith. Prior to his graduate degree work, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University San Bernardino, and as director of bands at La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. More recently, he has served as a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic. In addition, Nam has recently been appointed as Resident Music Director for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble (SIWE)—a selective, Bloomington-based community wind band that strives to perform only the finest contemporary and classic works within the wind band repertoire.
Nam keeps a very busy schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the United States. As a trumpet player, he has freelanced and performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles in the southern and central coast regions of California, including with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor, he was recently honored to be named a national finalist for The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble division) in 2017.
His paper “The Mid-Twentieth Century Renaissance and the American Symphony for Band” was published in the winter 2014 edition of the Journal of the National Band Association. His research interests include the music of William Bolcom, the historical development of the wind band repertoire in the twentieth century, as well as effective rehearsal methodologies for conductors. He recently completed a new band transcription of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Inventing Flight: A Suite for Orchestra of Thumbnail Portraits. The transcription was completed with the permission of Bolcom and his publisher, Edward B. Marks Music Company. The new band version of Inventing Flight was premiered in April 2015 by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen W. Pratt. In March 2016, the band version of Inventing Flight was officially published by E. B. Marks Music Company and made available as a rental to bands world-wide.
Nam holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Conductor's Guild, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Indiana Music Education Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and also is a proud member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity of America.
He currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Melissa.