Jonathan Knight grew up in Berkeley, CA, graduated from Berkeley High School, and majored in music at U.C. Berkeley. During this time he began working professionally as a conductor and trumpeter.
Mr. Knight continued his studies at New England Conservatory, earning a Master of Music degree while serving as assistant conductor of the Boston Lyric Opera Company and Boston Summer Opera Theater; he also founded and conducted the Community Symphony Orchestra of Boston and performed with the Atlantic Brass Quintet. While earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, Mr. Knight became Conductor and Music Director of the Sound Symphony and Bay Area Symphony and Chorale on Long Island. Mr. Knight joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 1989, as conductor of the college orchestra, and also performed with the Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids Symphonies and was founder and conductor of the Iowa Chamber Ensemble.
Since returning to California in 1996, Jonathan has served as Assistant Camp Director at Cazadero Music Camp, and conducts the concert band at Los Medanos College. As a trumpeter he performs with several regional symphony orchestras, choral organizations and musical theater companies.