Jason Haaheim was appointed a Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on radio, television, and HD live movie broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Prior to the Met, Mr. Haaheim was principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and previously served as principal timpanist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Guest timpanist spots have included the Milwaukee Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as being called to perform as timpanist with the Chicago Symphony and the Detroit Symphony. Influential teachers have included John Tafoya and Dean Borghesani, and Mr. Haaheim holds a bachelor of arts degree with double majors in honors music performance and physics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); he also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC-Santa Barbara.