Jason Bahr (b. 1972, Kansas City, KS) B.M. University of Missouri-Kansas City; including study at Kingston University in London, England; M.M., D.M., Indiana University-Bloomington. He has studied with Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Eugene O'Brien, Don Freund, Kevin Jones, James Mobberley and Gerald Kemner. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Florida Gulf Coast University. Bahr has also served on the faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University, Mississippi State University, Cottey College and the University of Oklahoma.
Bahr has received over two hundred performances of his works, including performances in 30 states and nine foreign countries. He was a finalist for the 2nd International Frank Ticheli Composition Contest for band music (2009) for Anderson’s Animals, a recipient of a MacDowell Colony Residency (2006), a Fromm Foundation commission (2005), has won the Northridge Prize for Orchestral Composition (2005) for Golgotha, third prize in the Renee B. Fischer Piano Competition (2003), Region V winner in the SCI/ASCAP Competition (2002), the Cambridge Madrigal Singers Choral Composition Competition (1999) with Psaume 1, and annual ASCAP awards since 1998.
Commissions include Mysteries of Light (violin and piano) for the Fromm Foundation, Brevard Invocation (timpani and horn) for the Mountain Chamber Players, Soliloquy (English horn) for Krista Riggs, When We Are Going (treble choir, violin and organ) for Theresa Spencer, Strikes and Resonance (marimba) for Grant Braddock, and Tipping Point (alto sax and piano) for the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. When not composing, Bahr frets over his student loan debt and the fate of the Kansas City Royals. SDG.