The American tenor, Jason Rylander, was originally trained in environmental law. He studied voice with Rufus Müller, W. Stephen Smith, Joyce Farwell, George Gibson, Thomas Beveridge, Darren Keith Woods, Gillian Cookson, and acting with Richard Crittenden. He has also attended master-classes with Julianne Baird, Ricard Bordas, Rufus Müller and Ann Monoyios. He has studied and performed at the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop (2012), the International Baroque Institute at Longy (2011), the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop (2011 and 2012), and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2010).
Jason Rylander has been praised by the Washington Post for his “strong, clear tenor” and for performances that “coupled sonorous warmth and emotional depth.” Solo engagements have included the the Mozart Requiem and Salieri Requiem with the Bach Sinfonia, , J.S. Bach’s B-Minor Mass (BWV 232) and Cantatas BWV 162, BWV 182, and BWV 31 with the Washington Bach Consort, Bach Cantata BWV 106 with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, J.S. Bach's Third Cantata for Christmas with the Baltimore Bach Concert Series, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Countertop Ensemble and the Orchestra of the 17th Century. Rylander has also appeared with the New Dominion Chorale, Washington Summer Sings, National Men’s Chorus, Virginia Glee Club, Friday Morning Music Club and numerous D.C. area chorales in such works as the J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243), Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and Haydn’s Creation and St. Cecilia Mass. He has performned with condutors as Daniel E. Abraham, Frank Albinder, Thomas Beveridge, Ryan Brown, J. Owen Burdick, J. Reilly Lewis, Michael McCarthy and Scott Metcalfe.
On the opera stage, Jason Rylander appeared as Pitho in the 2012 Amherst Early Music Festival's production of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Der Geduldige Socrates and as Giove and Vecchia in the Queens College Baroque Opera Project's staging of Luigi Rossi's Orfeo. He has also performed with Opera Lafayette, The In Series, Opera Belcantanti, Summer Opera Theatre Company, the Washington Savoyards, Crittenden Opera Studio, and The Arlington Players. Past roles include: Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, 1st Armed Man/2nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Fernando de Gomez in La Perichole, and Ralph Rackstraw in in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He has also performed in numerous workshops and festivals.
An accomplished and sought after ensemble singer, Jason Rylander performs regularly with the Washington region’s leading chamber choirs, including the Bach Sinfonia, Washington Bach Consort (since 2008), Cathedra, Chantry, Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (since 2010), Pro Core of the Cathedral Choral Society, and the chorus of Opera Lafayette. He has appeared with the Woodley Ensemble and the Countertop Ensemble. With the Bach Sinfonia, he has recorded the Bach Motets (BWV 225-230 & BWV Anh 159) (Dorian, 2010), Carissimi’s Historia di Jephthe, and works of Biber and Rossi (Dorian, 2009).
Highlights of the 2011-2012 season included solo appearances in Bach's Cantata BWV 167 with Washington Bach Consort, George Frideric Handel's Messiah with the Choir and Orchestra of the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington, D.C., Monteverdi's Vespers of 1640 with the TENET/Green Mountain Project in New York and Boston, and Bach's Cantatas BWV 182, BWV 130, and BWV 149 with the Baltimore Bach Concert Series. He also joined the chorus of G.F. Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Jane Glover.
Notable 2012-2013 solo engagements include J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the New Dominion Chorale, G.F. Handel’s Messiah with the Choir and Orchestra of the Church of the AscensiAmerican tenor on and St. Agnes, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the Harford Choral Society, a recital of French and German songs at the Amherst Chamber Music Series, a concert of English lute songs with noted lutenist Howard Bass, and works of J.S. Bach, Carissimi, and Monteverdi at the Winchester Bach-Handel Festival.
Jason Rylander resides in Arlington, Virginia in the Washington, DC area.