Just over a year ago, Mason Victoria was a student getting ready to graduate from jazz school at Humber College. Now, he’s a busy musician and composer — and even landed a job as a music administrator at his own alma mater.

The 23-year-old composer, arranger, trumpeter and music director has a lot going on. These days, he’s working as a program assistant in Humber’s Community Music School, an outreach program for children and youth. He directs the 21-piece Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra, one of the largest big bands in Toronto. He has arranged works for Emilie-Claire Barlow and Pat Metheny and composed music for orchestras and ensembles as well as film and media. He plays trumpet locally with the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra, the pop-funk band Jame Valdez and the NeoVintage and the rock band Pallet Town. He has won the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Awards and a MARTY Award for emerging solo artist, and his music has been performed in Japan, Los Angeles, New York and Calgary.

Victoria participated in the Jazzology program with Heather Bambrick in 2016, back when he was still honing his craft.

Jazzology provided me with the chance to tell the stories behind my music,” he says. “Not only has it given me a tangible interview I can share … but it also made me confident that I wholeheartedly want to write this music and that I have so much to say about it.”

We asked Victoria about how Jazzology helped his career, what music education means to him, and what’s next for this young and in-demand musician.