Jason Karlyn currently serves as Acting Section Viola for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from The Juilliard School and his Master's Degree from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music where he studied with Che-Yen Chen. Mr. Karlyn attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for four summers as a fellowship recipient, studying with Masao Kawasaki, his principal instructor at Juilliard. Mr. Karlyn has served as Principal Viola of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and USC Thornton Symphony, as well as a substitute violist for the New World Symphony. In 2012 Mr. Karlyn performed on the BBC Proms Festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall. Mr. Karlyn has performed in the masterclasses of Roberto Diaz, C.J. Chang, Donald McInnes, Dimitri Murrath and the Takács and Orion String Quartets. Recently Mr. Karlyn has performed string quartets and trios with violinist Midori and has been coached by Hsin-Yun Huang, Earl Carlyss, Lewis Kaplan, Samuel Rhodes and Sylvia Rosenberg. In Los Angeles Jason Karlyn serves as a Teaching Artist for Harmony Project, a non-profit organization that provides music education to at-risk youth.