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Scott Allen Jarrett (Conductor, Harpsichord)

Born: USA

The American conductor and music pedagogoue, Scott Allen Jarrett, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina).and the Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees from Boston University.

Scott Allen Jarrett served eight summers on the conducting staff at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), which is part of the Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004, Jarrett is the Director of Music at Boston Universityís Marsh Chapel, the Acting Director of Choral Activities at Boston Universityís School of Music, and a lecturer in in sacred music at the School of Theology. Jarrett oversees the rich musical life of Marsh Chapel, directing a music staff of associates, managers, Choral Scholars, Conducting Fellows and artistic supervision of the Inner Strength Gospel Choir. Also in Boston, Jarrett is the fifth music director of Bostonís Back Bay Chorale. In his nine years with the Chorale, he has led acclaimed and memorable performances of such masterworks as L.v. Beethovenís Missa Solemnis, the St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and B Minor Mass (BWV 232) of J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahmsí Ein deutsches Requiem, Arthur Honeggerís Le Roi David, the Monteverdi Vespers, and the world premiere of Julian Wachnerís Come my dark-eyed one. Under Jarrettís leadership, the Chorale has grown in artistic and organizational excellence, attracting Bostonís finest volunteer singers. Through this dedication and growth, the Chorale and Jarrett remain committed to leading the choral arts in New England with presentations of the finest choral/orchestral repertoire, old and new.

Scott Allen Jarrett is Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina), where he is Music Director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte (since 2004). Now in his ninth season with the orchestra and chorus, he travels weekly to Charlotte to lead the symphony chorus rehearsals, and conducts most of the chorusís appearances with the orchestra, including the annual Messiah performances, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival concerts, and this seasonís performances of Verdi and Wagner opera choruses.

Through these appointments, Scott Allen Jarrett regularly conducts the great masterworks of the choral/orchestral repertoire, with a particular focus on the works of J.S. Bach. Having established the Bach Cantata Series at March Chapel, he has conducted the Marsh Chapel Choir in more than 35 cantatas and multiple performances of each of J.S. Bachís four major choral works: St. John Passion (BWV 245), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248).

As a keyboardist, Scott Allen Jarrett was a frequent accompanist for the late Robert Shaw, and he appears regularly as a continuo player with Miami-based Seraphic Fire. He may be heard on Seraphic Fireís recent recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers and the Johannes Brahms Requiem. He is a member of the professional choruses of Bostonís Handel and Haydn Society and of the Oregon Bach Festival and serves as rehearsal pianist for Helmuth Rilling while in Oregon. In 2011, Jarrett was Music Director of the Adams Vocal Masterclass at Californiaís Carmel Bach Festival.

Source: Scott Allen Jarrett Website; Boston University Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2013)

Scott Allen Jarrett: Short Biography | Marsh Chapel Choir | Marsh Chapel Collegium | Recordings of Vocal Works
Bach Cantata Series at Marsh Chapel

Links to other Sites

Scott Allen Jarrett (Official Website)
Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett - Director of Music Ľ Marsh Chapel (Boston University)
Scott Allen Jarrett Ľ College of Fine Arts (Boston University)

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