Dana Jackson, a native of Seattle, Washington, holds a BA from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, a MM from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, a PSC from the Colburn School, and was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is the second bassoonist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony, and an active freelancer in both Seattle and Southern California. Her orchestral experience includes playing under the batons of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin, and sharing the stage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led be Mitsuko Uchida in a concert of Mozart piano works.
She has played with soloists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman on the Carnegie Hall stage with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Yo-yo Ma in a sold out concert of chamber works in Chicago’s Symphony Center. The Chicago Tribune noted Mr. Ma & company’s rendition of Martinu’s Tango “had it’s most seductive effect when led by Dana Jackson’s bassoon.” As a soloist Dana received the Honorable Mention prize in the finals of the esteemed Gillet-Fox bassoon competition held at the International Double Reed Society convention in New York in 2014. Ms. Jackson has also been very active in the world of summer festivals, having attended the Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient studying with Per Hannevold, Banff Summer Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, National Repertory Orchestra Festival, Round Top Music Festival, National Orchestra Institute, and Brevard Music Festival. Teaching is also an important part of Ms. Jackson’s career. She has taught with the Colburn School’s Teaching Fellows and Jumpstart band program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s outreach program, and private lessons on both bassoon and saxophone with students ranging from 10 to 75 years old.
A native of Southern California, Ted Sugata is currently second oboist with the Pacific Symphony. Previously, he held positions with the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, and as principal oboe with the Lyrique en Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Ile, France. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony. Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Calico Winds, the resident woodwind quintet with the Glendale Noon Concerts.
Mr. Sugata was born and raised in Northridge, California and started playing the oboe at age 13. He continued his studies with Joseph Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music and with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received a Master of Music degree in 2002.
Mr. Sugata recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at USC under Dr. Joel Timm. During the summer, he has performed as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West.
In addition to performing, Mr. Sugata is a dedicated teacher. He maintains a private oboe studio and is on the faculty at the Idyllwild Arts summer session and Chamberfest. He and his wife have a son.