Background and influences
Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, talks about his career path
Jeffrey Turner is the Principal Bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Turner completed his Bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music. His other teachers include Lawrence Hurst and Robert Gladstone. Before joining the PSO in 1987, Mr. Turner was the Principal Bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986, and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the 1986-87 season.
Mr. Turner currently serves as the Director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University, where he is the conductor of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Page. As a conductor Mr. Turner has served in recent years as Artistic Director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. Locally, Mr. Turner has also conducted opera productions at CMU, as well as Honors Orchestra Festivals for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association.