Our 28th Season

Southern Oregon's own period instrument orchestra

Season Concerts

Handel's Messiah

December 4th-5th, 2021

Collaboration with Rogue Valley Chorale, exclusively at the Craterian Theater in downtown Medford! Click "read more" for ticket information.

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

March 12th-13th, 2022

Our official reopening gala concert, featuring Norman Wakefield and the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra Chorus!

Showcase Concerts

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, showcase concerts will return in the 2022-2023 concert season.


  • Jefferson Baroque Orchestra P.O. Box 3507 Ashland, OR, USA

Our History

About JBO:

Since its founding in 1994, JBO has performed many of the major works of such well-known composers as Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell and Lully. At the same time we have also explored the lesser-known masters of the eighteenth century: Graupner, Heinichen, Zaschow, Pergolesi, and many others. We did not neglect the early seventeenth-century masters such as Castello, Frescobaldi and Monteverdi. Extending our scope in the other direction, we have performed early works of Josef Haydn and W A. Mozart.

This is a literature whose charm is, if not lost, then certainly diminished by the imposition of 19th/20th century instruments, performing styles and concepts of intonation. Our intention has been to apply the best and most enlightened scholarship to recovering the “period” sound of this music. This we do by the use of the most appropriate instruments available, the original editions or manuscripts where possible, and the powerful element of improvisation which was so much a part of the period and which makes the music seem new and fresh again.

In each concert we tell a story, or at least make a point.  We research, devise, plan, rehearse and present these programs both for our own pleasure and gratification and for that of our audiences.  It is they who make it possible through support of and attendance at our concerts, supplying the receptive ears without which the music loses a vital dimension.
JBO founder Jim Rich (1945-2013)