COREY JAMASON (harpsichord & Academy co-director) is a Grammy-nominated harpsichordist whose playing of Bach was described in the Los Angeles Times as displaying “the careful, due balance of objective detachment and lofty passion.” He appears frequently with American Bach Soloists, with whom he is principal keyboardist and has performed with a variety of ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Camerata Pacifica, Yale Spectrum, Musica Pacifica, and El Mundo. Festival appearances include the Berkeley, Bloomington, San Luis Obispo Mozart, Music in the Vineyards, Whidbey Island, and Norfolk festivals. In 2007 he conducted performances of Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Bloomington Early Music Festival in celebration of the 400th year anniversary of its premiere and from 2007 to 2014 was artistic director of the San Francisco Bach Choir.
Mr. Jamason is co-artistic director and conductor of Theatre Comique, a new ensemble specializing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American musical theatre. Recordings include performances with American Bach Soloists, violinist Gilles Apap, recorder player Astrid Andersson, and El Mundo, with whom he performs on the 2012 GRAMMY-nominated CD The Kingdoms of Castille. He is a contributing author to History of Performance, published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press and is preparing an article on the performance practice of early 20th century musical theatre for Oxford Handbooks Online, to be published in the fall of 2014 by Oxford University Press. Jamason received degrees in music from SUNY-Purchase, Yale University, and the Early Music Institute at Indiana University where he received a D.M. degree. He joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory in 2001, where he is director of the school’s historical performance program and professor of harpsichord.