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Jason Caslor

Program Director & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405

Jason Caslor is an associate professor of music and director of bands at Arizona State University. In addition to directing the wind ensemble, he also mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. Caslor is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer. 

From 2015-2019, Caslor served as assistant professor and associate director of bands and orchestras at Arizona State University. From 2010-2015, Caslor served as assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral instructor.

In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor has conducted the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, and the Alberta Wind Symphony. As a researcher, he has presented his work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the WASBE International Conference, and the CBDNA National Conference.

Caslor’s current research interests include developing a user-friendly iPad application that will allow for the transmission of high quality audio over the internet for the purposes of internet-based rehearsals/clinics and spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large ensembles.

Caslor completed his doctorate in conducting at Arizona State University. Prior to earning a master's in conducting from the University of Manitoba, he earned dual bachelor's in music and education from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

  • D.M.A. Conducting, Arizona State University 2010. Dissertation: Spontaneous Improvisation with Large, Public School Instrumental Ensembles.
  • M.M. Conducting, University of Manitoba, Canada 2004
  • Bachelor's degree. Music (Honours), University of Saskatchewan, Canada 2000
  • Bachelor's degree. Education (Honours), University of Saskatchewan, Canada 2000


Research Interests: 


In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor conducted the 2016 National Youth Band of Canada and has presented his research at the 2016 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2015 WASBE International Conference, and the 2013 CBDNA National Conference. Upcoming opportunites include conducting the 2018 South Dakota All State Band, the 2018 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, the 2017 Alberta Wind Symphony, and the 2018 Ontario Provincial Honor Band.Digital Mediated Technology

One of my two WASBE presentations focused on an iPad App I currently am developing with a colleague in Memorial University’s Department of Computer Science. Together, we have successfully designed a prototype of Connect!, a user-friendly program that provides a pristine audio exchange, allowing musicians to interact with fellow artists from around the world via the Internet. This is similar to programs like Skype or FaceTime, but with uncompressed, high fidelity audio. Our work has received over $15,000 in departmental and university funding and was included in MUN’s 2014 Research Report (

Contemporary Improvisation

My main doctoral research explored spontaneous improvisation with large, public school instrumental ensembles. I have continued my work in this area and in 2014 was invited to be part of a $2.5M project shared between 12 Canadian universities, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This is the primary federal funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Titled the “International Institute For Critical Studies in Improvisation,” the project aims to use improvisation as a teaching and learning tool, and improve society by bringing together the arts, scholarship and collaborative action. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Caslor, J. (2013). Forty Years of the Gower Band Program. Canadian Winds. 12(1), 40-42.

Caslor, J. (2011). “Stop, Look and Listen” - 10 Thoughts for the Podium. Canadian Winds.10(1), 35-37.

Caslor, J. (2011). Study Guide for Paul Suchan’s A Study of: The Colours and Contrasts of Grief. Canadian Winds, 9(2), 72-74.


CD Reviews

Caslor, J. (2014). North Winds IV: Canadian Wind Band Music [CD]. University of Manitoba. Canadian Winds. 12(2), 40.

Research Activity: 

Grants and Funding

SSHRC/Vice President’s Research Grant: Connecting In High Fidelity Across the Internet (Principal Investigator). $6831.98.

President’s and Provost’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts: The Use of Telematics for Large Ensemble Conducting and Teaching in Mid-Size Universities (Co-Principle Investigator). $8,000. 2014.

President’s and Provost’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts: Alexander Technique Residency (Research Collaborator). 2014.

SSHRC Partnership Grant: International Institute For Critical Studies in Improvisation (Research Collaborator; Principle Investigator: Ajay Heble, University of Guelph). 2013-2018.

Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support Grant: Increasing Students’ Interaction with the Art of our Time through Telematic Delivery (Principle Investigator). $5,000. 2012-2014.

Vice-President (Research) IRIF Start-Up Grant: Reframing the Relationship between a Conductor and an Ensemble (Principle Investigator). $5,000. 2012-2014.

Arts Education Partnership Initiative: Vive Voce (Content and curriculum designer as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra). $27,666. 2008-2009.

Ontario Arts Council Education Project: Adventures in Music (Content and curriculum designer as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra). $12,000. 2006.

Ontario Arts Council Education Project: Raising the Bar (Content and curriculum designer as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra). $12,000. 2005.


“Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II,” Arizona Music Educators Association In Service Conference, Mesa, AZ, January 2016.

“CONNECT! High-Fidelity Virtual Rehearsals with the Click of a Button,” World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference, San Jose, CA, July 2015.

“Giya Kancheli’s Magnum Ignotum for Wind Ensemble: Composing in the Present without Compromising the Past,” World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference, San Jose, CA, July 2015.

”Looking Back To Move Forward,” Saskatchewan Music Conference, Regina, SK, November 2013.

“From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side: Ensemble Empowerment” 

     Saskatchewan Music Conference, Regina, SK, November 2013.

     Quebec Band Association’s Annual Conference (Glissando), Orford, QC, October 2012.

     Eastern School District Professional Development Day, St. John’s, NL, October 2011.

“Stop, Look and Listen—10 Thoughts for the Podium”

     Saskatchewan Music Conference, Regina, SK, November 2013.

     Quebec Band Association’s Annual Conference (Glissando), Orford, QC, October 2012.

“Thinking Outside of the Box to Cover the Curriculum,” C2C Summer Institute 2013, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education, St. John’s, NL, June 2013.

“Connect! Determining A Best Practice For Internet-based Rehearsals/Clinics,” College Band Directors National Association, National Conference, Greensboro, NC, March 2013.

“Programming for Success,” Quebec Band Association’s Annual Conference (Glissando), Orford, QC, October 2012.

“Composing for Band,” Newfound Music Festival, Memorial University, January 2012.

“Teaching from the Podium,” Arts Work Conference, St. John’s, NL, November 2011.

“Spontaneous Factory: An Approach to Improvisation for Large Instrumental Ensembles”

     Nova Scotia Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Dartmouth, NS, October 2010.   

     Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, Winnipeg, MB, July 2010.

“Stravinsky: Demystifying the Octet,” Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, Winnipeg, MB, July 2008, July 2009, July 2010.


“100 Greatest Dance Hits,” Saxophone, Sylvie Proulx (guitar) and various other artists, CBC Radio 1 and 2, 2011

“Rita Chiarelli with the Thunder Bay Symphony: Uptown Goes Downtown,” Conductor, Rita Chiarelli (vocals), Mad Iris Music, 2008, Nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards

“Footprints,” Conductor, Pat Stuckemeyer (euphonium), ASU Wind Ensemble, 2008, Potenza Music, World premiere recording of Fields of Destruction by Peter Meechan


Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 442Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 542Instrumental Ensembles
MUP 590Reading and Conference