Jason Sabino is new to Portland from the Southern California area. Originally from the Philippines, Jason moved to the U.S. when he was eight.
He began his music studies while in college. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music from the University of Southern California where he was recognized as an outstanding graduate with the Choral Department Award. He studied conducting at USC with Jo-Michael Scheibe and Cristian Grases. While at USC he was a member of the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Early Music Ensemble and was student director for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Jason also established the USC Thornton Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in choral conducting at Portland State University under Ethan Sperry where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant. At PSU, Jason co-conducts both the Man Choir and University Choir and is an assistant conductor for the Chamber Choir.
Jason serves as the tenor section leader and soloist at First United Methodist Church in Portland. Previously he was the music director at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Westchester, CA and tenor section leader at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena, CA.
He has received scholarships from the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Church Musicians. An active choral singer, Jason performed as a member of various professional and semi-professonal choirs, including the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Horizon Chamber Choir, LASchola and the Flos Campi Early Music Ensemble. He has sung back up for Barry Manilow and the Rolling Stones. Jason also worked with high school students as tenor section leader and counselor at both Arrowbear Music Camp and Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy.
Jason has appeared as a soloist with the Hollywood Master Chorale, Pasadena Master Chorale, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, Cypress Masterworks Chorale and Arrowbear Music Camp.