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Jason DeBord

Assistant Professor of Music

Jason DeBord was appointed an assistant professor of music in the Department of Musical Theatre in September 2014. He has a career in professional musical theater spanning over 25 years.

Most recently, he created new dance arrangements for the revised version of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and Ordway Theatre in St Paul. He was the resident music supervisor for both the Broadway and National Tour productions of Once – The Musical and cast the production of the show in Seoul, South Korea. His Broadway credits also include Shrek, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, and Rent among others. Other New York credits include Bare – The Musical, Fat Camp, Bat Boy – The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, City Center Encores!, and countless developmental productions of new works.

DeBord played and conducted the national tours of A Chorus LineRent, and Urinetown – The Musical. His playing is featured prominently in the 2009 Sony Pictures Classics release Every Little Step, and he has played on multiple recordings for stage, film, and television. Regionally, DeBord has worked on new musical theater productions at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., the Alliance Theater, and the 5th Avenue Theater.

From 1993-94, DeBord served as an accompanist in the Vocal Music Department at the University of San Diego; he has also taught at the McCarter Theatre, San Diego Junior Theater, and the American Theater Wing’s Springboard program. He recently completed a guest artist residency in the theatre department at the University of Colorado – Boulder. DeBord has coached private vocal and piano students and provided audition training and master classes throughout his career. He is currently the supervising music director for Music Academy International’s summer musical theatre intensive in Mezzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy.

Bio last updated June 2019

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