Photo: Lily Anderson, 2018
With performances described as “the highlight of the evening” (Kansas City Star), Jonathan Borja enjoys a varied career as a performer and educator. Dr. Borja is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he teaches flute and music history. He served as Second Flute of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra for five years (2010-2015).
Dr. Borja holds three graduate degrees from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance (Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance, Master of Music in Flute Performance, a Master of Music in Musicology) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Principia College. Before coming to the United States, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in his native Mexico City. His teachers and mentors include Marie Jureit-Beamish, Mary Posses, María Esther García, William Everett, and Andrew Granade. He has appeared in master classes in both the United States and Europe with some of the world’s leading flutists, including Jeanne Baxtresser, Jacob Berg, and Peter-Lukas Graf.
Dr. Borja has performed throughout the United States and Mexico and has appeared in festivals devoted to the music of J.S. Bach, George Crumb, Gustav Mahler, Olivier Messiaen, and Elliott Carter. He has performed at Steinway Hall, Helzberg Hall, Powell Symphony Hall, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National University of Mexico (Facultad de Música, UNAM), the National Conservatory in Mexico City, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore, and at the National Flute Association Convention (2017 and 2018). His continued advocacy for the music of our time has led him to collaborate with some of today’s finest composers, including Chen Yi and Zhou Long, George Crumb, Libby Larsen, Yehudi Wyner, Narong Prangcharoen, and Samuel Zyman.
Dr. Borja’s research includes the music of Mexican composers Silvestre Revueltas, Mario Lavista, and Samuel Zyman. He recorded the complete flute music of Icelandic composer Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (Smekkleysa, 2015), and can be heard in Narong Prangcharoen’s recording Mantras (Albany Records, 2012). He has contributed articles to The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World (ABC-Clio, 2015), the College Music Society’s Symposium, and The Flutist Quarterly. Dr. Borja has presented his research at the National Flute Association Convention, College Music Society National Convention, the Wisconsin Flute Festival, the North Central Council of Latin Americanists, and the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies.