Jeffrey Turner is the Principal Bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A native of South Carolina, he completed his Bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s in Conducting with Dr. Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Turner is a resident artist for many annual festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, and the National Youth Orchestra (USA).
Mr. Turner has served in recent years as Director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University, where he was conductor of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. He has also been Artistic Director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Turner has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. He is Artist Lecturer in Conducting at Carnegie Mellon University, and conducts Honors Orchestra Festivals throughout the nation.