Jason Bergman joined the renowned music faculty of the University of North Texas as Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2015. Prior to that, he was the Nina Bell Suggs Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern Mississippi for five years. He is also a faculty member of the Idyllwild Arts Chamberfest during the summer.
He has previously served on the faculties of the Música nas Montanhas Festival in Poços de Caldas (Brazil), the Semana de la Trompeta Peruana (Peru), the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (Brazil), the Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar (USA), and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (USA). He also serves as an adjudicator with the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.
Dr. Bergman has performed throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, and the United States. Most recently, he served as Principal Trumpet of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera. He has previously been a member of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. An active performer in the north Texas region, he frequently performs with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Winds among other groups.
In 2008, he was named Associate Principal trumpet of the Santiago Philharmonic in Santiago, Chile, where he performed during their 2008 season. Additionally, he has performed in concert with the Canadian Brass, Rhythm & Brass, and with conductor David Robertson, at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Weill Music Institute. He also enjoyed performing as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Dr. Bergman has given recitals and master classes at numerous institutions worldwide and he has performed or presented clinics at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Dr. Bergman has been a prizewinner in the International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Excerpt Competition, and has also been a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Brass and Chamber music competitions. Additionally, he has been a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. Dr. Bergman has performed as soloist with the Garland Symphony Orchestra, the UNT Symphonic Band, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, the Southern Miss Symphonic Winds, the Brigham Young University Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band.
His debut solo album, On The Horizon, is also available on the MSR label and has received rave reviews. In Fanfare magazine, Henry Fogel (Dean, Roosevelt University and retired president of the Chicago Symphony) said that Jason Bergman, “sounds like a world class soloist on this recording. He plays with style and elegance, a lovely legato where the music calls for it, and at the same time a strong internal rhythmic pulse. He understands the principles of tension and release in music-making, and he gets a nice range of color out of his trumpet.” Fogel also stated that Bergman’s “extremely vocal approach to playing his instrument reminds [him] of Herseth’s … and I can pay no higher compliment to a trumpeter.” (Fanfare Magazine)
Committed to research, Dr. Bergman is a contributing author for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. He is editor of the Orchestral Section Profile, and a Sheet Music and Recording Reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild. His music arrangements have been published by Eighth Note Publications.
Dr. Bergman holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Brigham Young University, Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan.
Jason Bergman is an endorsing artist for Bach trumpets.