Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Joining the Oregon Symphony as its Principal Bass in 2015, Jon McCullough-Benner is an avid performer and educator for the double bass. Coming from a musical family, his father is a former pianist, his brother played guitar and piano, and his grandmother was a former member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. Jon started studying music at a very early age on the piano prior to picking up the violin, drum set, guitar, and eventually the double bass.
A native of Ohio, Jon studied with Mark Barnard and Cincinnati Symphony Principal Bass Owen Lee before beginning his undergraduate studies at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with Albert Laszlo. During his time at CCM, Jon also attended the Spoleto Festival in Italy as well as performing with the Aspen Festival Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from CCM in 2013, he continued his studies at Indiana University under the tutelage of L.A. Philharmonic’s former Principal Bass Bruce Bransby. Jon was also an Associate Instructor of the double bass at IU, teaching non-major bassists the fundamentals of playing the instrument.
In addition to performing with the Oregon Symphony, Jon has also performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, as well as the Cincinnati Symphony.