Jason Altieri, DMA

Teaching Assistant Professor of Orchestral Conducting; Director of Orchestras
Jason Altieri


Jason Altieri is the current associate conductor for the Reno Philharmonic and music director of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to his work in Reno and Atlanta, he spent time on the road as music director of the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and the Hollywood Film Orchestra. Having led The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra on seven national tours, Altieri has the distinction of having conducted in every state but three and in most of the major performing venues in the United States.

With the Hollywood Film Orchestra, he led several tours in mainland China and Japan where performance venues included The People's Hall in Beijing, China and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Numerous guest conducting engagements include regular collaborations with the Duluth Superior Symphony in Minnesota, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Philharmonic. In July of 2012, he was the orchestra conductor for the annual International Double Reed Society Conference. During this conference, he collaborated on 16 separate works with internationally renowned soloists from all over the world.

In addition to his orchestral work, Altieri is also an accomplished conductor of opera. Currently, he is working on his seventh collaboration as music director of the Nevada Chamber Opera Theatre. Previous opera engagements include three North American tours with London's Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company and an associate music directorship with the Ohio Light Opera Company in the summer of 2006. His work in Ohio saw him conducting six productions and over 40 performances during their 29th season.

In addition, Altieri has released two recordings with the OLO on Albany Records. In 2002, he worked as an assistant to the late Valery Vatchev of the National Bulgarian Opera. This rare experience led to guest conducting engagements of Verdi's La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto in the Czech Republic.

While Altieri enjoys a busy career working with professional performing organizations, he is also a fierce advocate for young musicians and music education. This is evidenced by his position as director of orchestras at the University of Nevada, Reno and the directorship of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony. Under his leadership, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony has become an increasingly visible component in Reno's cultural life and has embarked on performance tours that have included guest appearances at Carnegie and Disney halls. As a result of his tireless work with young musicians, Altieri was invited to conduct at Nevada's Small School All-State Festival in April of 2017. His educational outreach has extended nationally as well as through numerous clinics with young ensembles all over the country in addition to faculty appointments at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Sewanee Summer Music Center.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Altieri grew up in a musical family with both parents being former members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Georgia. He then went on to pursue advanced degrees in conducting from Michigan State University, where he received additional mentorship from Neeme Jarvi of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Gustav Meier of the Peabody Conservatory. Altieri currently resides in Reno, Nevada.