BIOGRAPHY

Jonah Weller is a freelance musician and educator based in the Metro-Detroit area. Recently he finished his Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bass trombonist, Jeff Dee. 

 

Jonah began playing the trombone when he was in fifth grade at Butler (Indiana) Elementary School. Between fifth and sixth grade, Jonah moved to Grand Ledge, Michigan where he spent his high school career at Grand Ledge High School (GLHS) under the direction of Risa Hsu. While at GLHS, Jonah played in the Wind Symphony and took part in All-State Band and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

 

While at MSU, Jonah performed in the Symphony Band under the direction of John T. Madden and the Wind Symphony under Dr. Kevin Sedatole. He performed at the Michigan Music Conference and appeared with the Wind Symphony at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Jonah was selected to perform in the Divergent Brass Quintet, an honors brass quintet at MSU. Jonah participated in the Third Coast Trombone Retreat in Montague, MI in the summers of 2015, 2016 and 2017, where he worked with James Markey, Jeff Dee, John Sebastian Vera, Nick Schwartz, Denison Paul Pollard, and Lee Rogers. 

 

Jonah has enjoyed performance success outside MSU, playing with professional ensembles such as the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and performing with the 2017 Texas Festival Orchestra at the Round Top Music festival in Round Top, Texas.

 

In his free time, Jonah enjoys watching the NBA, spending time with friends and family, and playing euchre.