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John Wieland

Adjunct Professor, Bass

John Wieland posing with a bass


Contact: (904) 620-2961 



John Wieland has been principal bass for the Jacksonville Symphony since 1989. He is also an Assistant Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Prior to joining the Jacksonville Symphony, Mr. Wieland was principal bass of the Virginia and Oklahoma Symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. For many summers, he was also a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder Colorado as well as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival.


His bachelor’s degree is from the New School of Music in Philadelphia (now part of Temple University) and included studies with Michael Shahan (Associate Principal Bass/Philadelphia Orchestra) and (the late) William Smith (Assistant Conductor/Keyboard/Philadelphia Orchestra). Additional teachers include Eugene Levinson (Principal/New York Philharmonic) and (the late) H. Stevens Brewster (Principal of the National Symphony).


An avid educator, he has taught students from age three up to the university level. He has held faculty positions at the University of Central Oklahoma, Langston University, Bethune-Cookman University, as well as teaching bass at Stetson University for over sixteen years. Many of Mr. Wieland’s former students now teach all over North and Central America and play professionally around the world.