Artistic Music Director
Jason Hobratschk is the musical director of the Vero Beach Choral Society. He also currently serves as the Organist and Choirmaster at St Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Vero Beach.
Jason was born in La Grange, Texas and grew up on his family’s farm. He graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University at Austin, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music – Organ, Church Music – Conducting, and Environmental Science.
After a stint as an environmental consultant for the firm Terracon, Jason moved to Portland, Oregon and furthered his musical education. In 2005, he was awarded a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Portland State University (PSU) in Portland Oregon, where he studied organ with Dr. Lyn Loewi. Jason was also a baritone in the internationally-acclaimed PSU Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Bruce Browne. Additionally, he directed the PSU Men’s Chorus.
Jason matriculated at the Florida State University in Fall 2006 to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Musicology. From September 2009 through July 2010, Jason lived in Munich, Germany as a Fulbright scholar and conducted research for his dissertation, Werner Egk and Joan von Zarissa: Music as Politics and Propaganda under National Socialism. Upon his return from Germany, Jason moved to Vero Beach. He received his Ph.D. in December 2011.
Jason has served as Artistic Director of the Vero Beach Choral Society (VBCS) since Fall 2012. VBCS repertoire includes the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, Lux aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, the Solemn Vespers, K. 339 by W. A. Mozart, The sprig of thyme by John Rutter, the Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, and many wide-ranging works for chamber ensemble. Under Jason’s direction, the VBCS has collaborated with various local student ensembles, including the Vero Beach High School Sinfonia Orchestra, the Indian River Charter High School Choir, and the Indian River Charter High School Percussion Ensemble.
In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of the VBCS, Jason is Organist and Choirmaster at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Vero Beach, where he directs adult and children’s choirs. Jason has also organized Voces Vero, a collaborative of colleagues and musicians from the Vero Beach area, which sings monthly Choral Evensong at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church from September through May.