Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is growing!
As we begin our 2021-22 season, we have welcomed two new Board members to our organization, who will help us execute our mission to increase awareness and appreciation of jazz by engaging the community with original music, exceptional performances, and inspirational educational programming.
Jason Nedley is Director of Nedley Management & Consulting, which offers client accounting and advisory services primarily to nonprofits, such as cultural institutions, grantmaking foundations, independent schools, and social-service providers. He is a certified public accountant, and holds an M.B.A. from John Carroll University.
In addition to volunteering time for his nonprofit clients, Jason co-founded and directs The Carter Nedley Foundation, which, for more than eleven years, has partnered with Cleveland Clinic Children’s and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals to serve families in Northeast Ohio impacted by childhood cancer. He just started his second year as chair of the John Carroll Professional MBA Advisory Committee, and recently completed a term on the board of the Cleveland chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization focused on character building through youth sports. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2018.
His interest in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is twofold:
- To support the growth of its educational programs and outreach so that children – particularly those in schools without formal music programs – can be inspired to become listeners and players.
- To collaborate with staff and leadership to ensure the long-term financial and operational strength of the organization.
Will Wedmedyk is a jazz vibraphonist and music educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally from Ohio, he currently performs as a member of Dan Bruce’s Beta Collective, a nine-person ensemble based out of Cleveland; the Fuoco/Wedmedyk piano and vibraphone duo; and leads his own musical ensemble.
As an artist, he focuses on composing and performing modern jazz, drawing influence both from vibraphonists like Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, as well as composers like Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.
As an educator, he worked for three years as a music teacher in Northeast Ohio, teaching after-school lessons in percussion and running kids’ rock and jazz ensembles. He’s also taught masterclasses on jazz and the vibraphone, at both Baldwin-Wallace University and Kent State University’s percussion studios. He holds a Master of Music from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace University.
He recently relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a result of a recent career change from musician to software developer. He currently works as a front end web developer for CVS pharmacy. As a self-taught developer, he utilizes the same creative and divergent problem solving skills he cultivates as a musician to solve challenging, complex problems.
His interest in joining the board of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra stems from the desire to help support and bolster the jazz community in Cleveland, as well as help the organization thrive.
CJO Instrument Donation Program
If you donate an instrument to students in need through our program, you will get a pair of tickets to our Season Series shows!