Mr. Jason A. Diggs

Violin, Viola Teacher

Jason Diggs


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As a freelance artist, Mr. Diggs has had the wonderful opportunity of playing in some of the region’s finest professional orchestras, including, The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Maryland Symphony , Two Rivers Chamber orchestra and many others. He is a founding member of the Argot String Quartet and currently adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College, where he teaches students ages 4 and up.

Mr. Diggs received his B.M. in viola performance, with a minor in violin, and Artist Diploma in Quartet Studies from the Shenandoah Conservatory. His teachers were Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez, of the MarcOlivia Duo, and Doris Lederer and C. Thomas Shaw of the the Audubon Quartet.

He then went on to complete is M.M. in viola perfomance at the San Francisco Conservatory where he studied viola and chamber music with Jodi Levitz, Axel Strauss and Paul Hirsh. He also studied orchestral excerpts and had viola sectionals with Katie Kadarauch and Adam Smyla of the San Francisco Symphony.

Mr. Diggs has also participated in Chamber Master Classes by violist Kim Kashkashian, the Juillard Quartet, and an orchestra Master Class by conductor Sir Simon Rattle, of the Berlin Philharmoic. He has also attended the Starling Delay Teaching Symposium at Juilliard.

At the age of 9, Mr. Diggs began playing the violin in the Baltimore City Public School system. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts’ T.W.I.G.G.S. after school program from age 11-13 where he studied with violinist Dana Goode and violist Dee Sparks. During this time he began performing with the Greater Baltimore Youth Ochestra Association (GBYOA).

At age 14 he began studying with violist Julius Wirth. During that time he continued to participate in the GBYOA as an orchestra member and began studying chamber music. He participated in the Baltimore All County Orchestra for 3 years as co-principal violist, and attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewaneee, Tennessee for 2 summers, where he also had many orchestral and chamber music opportunities.