As one of the long-time community members, Jon has been playing within the NSO organization since 1981. He is one of the founding members of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra and has played in the NSO since 1982 until moving away for work/study in 1991. An Aerospace Engineer by profession, over the years he continued playing in several orchestras and quartets whilst living abroad in Ottawa and Manchester, Connecticut.  Returning to Newfoundland in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D., Jon rejoined the NSO and has played on and off again with the NSO as his work/travel schedule has permitted.  Now back permanently in 2019, Jon hopes to continue the musical legacy of his family and looks forward many years ahead as a stalwart member of the Viola section.

Fun Facts About Jonathan

When did you join the NSO?

April 1982

Who inspired you to learn how to play?

My father (Carl Stevenson)

What’s your favourite piece of classical/orchestral music?

Dvorak’s 9th Symphony “The New World” 

If you could pick one artist to collaborate with, who would it be?

John Williams

What other non-musical creative outlets do you have?

Model Railroading, Model Building, R/C Aircraft, Gaming, Winemaking