B i o g r a p h y
Born in 1978, Jason Rico is a Mexican-American composer of instrumental, vocal, and stage music with a particular interest in chamber music and opera. He has created a body of work in multiple genres including symphonic, wind ensemble, choral, art song, chamber music, and opera. Jason also performs on piano, viola, saxophone, horn and as a vocalist.
Jason studied composition and theory at Butler University and composition with Andrey Kasparov and Adolphus Hailstork at Old Dominion University with a concentration in vocal and choral composition. He also studied vocal work with Jeff Ray and Eric Esparza at DePaul University.
While attending Old Dominion, he held the principal horn position in the Wind Ensemble, principal viola in the University Symphony, and was a joint winner of the Old Dominion University Concerto Competition with his brass quintet resulting in a performance of Shadowcatcher – a Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble by Eric Ewazen with the Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble. He was a bass section leader in the University Choir and performed Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore at Carnegie Hall.
His compositional style has been praised for its complex and truly American style. Jason's ability to pair the musical line with text was highlighted in his work This Land of Heroes for chorus, assorted instruments, and electronics for which he was awarded the Old Dominion University Honors' Grant. While at Old Dominion he was an Ellis Scholar, Thompson Scholar, and a Norfolk Foundation Diehn Scholar.
His musical, Escape from the Haltsburg Boys' Choir was performed in Chicago in 2011. He is in the process of completing an extensive set of Anglo-American folk songs, You're Welcome Here Kind Stranger. Jason most recently performed with the DePaul University Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, Chamber Choir, and was a DePaul University Grant recipient. He also performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall with the DePaul Symphonic Choir in Brahms' Shicksaslied.
In addition to his musical endeavors, he received a degree in Anthropology from DePaul University and is a Masters candidate at the Harvard Extension School for a degree in Museum Studies.
Jason lives in Aurora, Illinois, is currently developing a new opera, and teaching private composition lessons in the Chicago area.