The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latino American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.
2017-19 Rosemary and David Good Fellow
Jason Tanksley is serving a two-year term from September 2017 through August 2019.
Tuba player Jason Tanksley earned a Master of Music degree and is now a candidate for the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. A native of Detroit and graduate of Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty, Tanksley has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, Michigan Opera and Jacksonville Symphony, among other ensembles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band and the Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony. He enjoys kayaking and laser tag in his spare time.
Past Rosemary and David Good Fellows
Texas native Myles Blakemore, one of our 2017 Rosemary and David Good Fellows, recently won a position with the New World Symphony starting in 2018. Blakemore is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he studied trombone with John Kitzman, and the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dr. Per Brevig. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as second trombone with New Jersey’s Symphony in C during the 2016-17 season. He has held festival fellowships in Aspen and Spoleto and performed at summer festivals in Brevard, North Carolina, and Lake George, New York. Outside of music, Blakemore enjoys exploring new coffee shops and rooting for Dallas Cowboys Football.
Check back in fall 2018 for information about the 2019 audition!