Jack Jarrett, a
native of Asheville, North Carolina, holds bachelor's, master's, and
doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Florida, the
Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University, respectively, as
well as a diploma in opera conducting from the Berlin Hochschule
für Musik. Principal composition teachers have been Bernard
Rogers, Bernhard Heiden, and Boris Blacher.
In addition to
teaching in several American colleges and universities, Dr. Jarrett
has held a Fulbright grant, a Ford Foundation grant as composer in
public schools (Oshkosh, Wisconsin), and an Aspen Conducting
Fellowship. He has conducted over twenty opera productions, and for
two years served as assistant conductor to the Richmond Symphony
Orchestra. More than fifty major orchestras, including London, St.
Louis, Cincinnati, and the Boston Pops, have performed his orchestral
compositions and arrangements.
19892001, Dr. Jarrett taught at Berklee College of Music, where
he served as chair of the largest composition department in the
world. There he trained both traditional and film composers, and
oversaw Berklee's unique technology-based training program in
conducting, which incorporates software of his own design.
In 2008, Dr.
Jarrett received the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for
his soprano and orchestral composition Autumn Too Long.