Jason Bell is the Associate Concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony and has played with the group since 2002. Mr. Bell is originally from LaCrosse, Wisconsin and started playing the instrument at the age of 4. He has studied violin with Dorothy Delay, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Piotr Milewski, Doris Preucil, and Margaret Baldridge.
As a student, Mr. Bell attended summer festivals in Aspen, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina. He studied violin formally at the University of Montana, Missoula and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Bell has taught and performed violin from coast to coast. He has been an adjudicator for the Simon-Fiset competition in Seattle, a frequent adjudicator for the MTNA competition for both regional and divisional rounds, and an adjudicator for WSMTA festivals held around the state of Washington. He has also been on the faculty at the Brevard Music Festival, playing Principal Second Violin in the BMC Orchestra. He is honored to play with the Seattle Symphony as a substitute violinist.
Mr. Bell is the owner of the Spokane Violin Studio and teaches musicians of all ages. He coaches the orchestra classrooms at Lewis and Clark High School, Salk Middle School and Shaw Middle School throughout the year. He assists his Spokane Symphony colleague Dale Emery with the Beginning and Advanced Strings at Mt. Spokane on a daily basis. He joined the Music Department at Gonzaga University for the 2015 academic year.
Jason is an amateur computer technician who utilizes various technologies as a direct aid in teaching music. In addition to building and maintaining his own computers, he enjoys cooking, travelling, boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene, biking the Centennial Trail in downtown Spokane, and perfecting the fine art of motorcycle riding.