Jason Rylander is an active classical soloist and ensemble singer, praised by the Washington Post for his “strong, clear tenor” and for performances that “coupled sonorous warmth and emotional depth."
A frequent interpreter of early music, Jason offers audiences nuanced and sensitive performances as the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, and in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Haydn's Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem.
As a soloist Jason has frequently performed with the Washington Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Mountainside Baroque, New Dominion Chorale, and the TENET/Green Mountain Project. Recent seasons have also included a concert of Dowland’s lute songs on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, a recital of Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert songs at the Society of the Cincinnati.
A sought after ensemble singer, he has collaborated with some of the region’s leading church choirs and professional choruses, including performances with the chorus of Opera Lafayette at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. With the Bach Sinfonia, he recorded Bach’s Motets and Carissimi’s Historia di Jephthe on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label.
Originally trained in environmental law, Jason honed his craft working with leading early music interpreters at the American Bach Soloists Academy and Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Queens College Baroque Opera Project.
When not singing, Jason serves as the legal director for the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute and supports efforts to promote environmental consciousness and social change through music. Jason holds degrees from Cornell University and the College of William and Mary.