1. Faculty

Jason O’Connell

Technology and Applied Composition; Professional Development

Director of Recording Services

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Introduction to Recording

EDUCATION

  • MM, McGill University
  • BM, University of Victoria

What is your hometown?

Bellingham, WA

What is your favorite recording?

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major, Lorin Maazel, Kathleen Battle, Wiener Philharmoniker

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Biking and trail running!

Who were your major teachers?

Wieslaw Woszczyk, Martha de Francisco, and George Massenburg.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“The secret of survival is to embrace change and to adapt.”
—Rohinton Mistry

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“How do you properly roll a microphone cable?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

While studying in high school, I was asked to join our local university chamber orchestra to perform a late Beethoven string quartet (Op. 131). I remember being very excited (and scared!) to rehearse this challenging piece of music with such great musicians. After the many rehearsals and final performances, I knew I would find a way to work in music.

What was a turning point in your career?

Immediately after I had finished my undergraduate degree in viola performance, I broke the ring finger in my left hand on a hiking trip. While recovering from hand surgery, I focused on learning as much as possible about sound recording. I read books, interviewed teachers, recorded my friends, and eventually went on to study sound recording for my masters degree. I've never looked back!

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Riding my bike around the world.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Enescu: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 & 2, Naxos
Ring of Fire: Del Sol String Quartet, Other Minds
Rachmaninov: 24 Préludes pour piano, XXI

What is your unrealized project?

I would like to develop a self-recording app that would help students practice more efficiently.