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Jeffrey JohnsonJeff was born in 1957 in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1980, and received a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1982. He also studied for a year at the Cleveland Institute of Music. From 1982 to 1992 he was Principal Bass of the San Antonio Symphony. He has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 1992.

Jeff maintains an active extracurricular performing schedule. He is a member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble and the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra. In addition, he teaches at the Community Music Center and frequently coaches with youth orchestras.

Jeff‘s interests are mostly musical, but he also likes to read, write, hike, and golf. He is married to soprano Janice Johnson, and they have two children, Margaret and Timothy.