Meet the Director
Scott Allen Jarrett
Scott Allen Jarrett is the fifth Music Director of the Back Back Chorale and celebrates his twelfth season with the Chorale this year. Jarrett is the Director of Choral Activities, ad interim at Boston University and the Director of Music at Marsh Chapel. From 2004 to 2015, he was Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony (NC), traveling weekly to Charlotte to lead rehearsals and prepare concerts.
Jarrett made his conducting debut with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society last season at Jordan Hall leading the period instrument orchestra and chorus in A Bach Christmas. He has since joined H&H’s artistic staff as Vocal Adviser, a position in which he assists Harry Christophers in the building of the chorus and regularly conducts Handel & Haydn musicians in performances throughout the Boston area. He is a also regular collaborator at Trinity Wall Street (NYC), guest conducting in their Bach cantata series and their recent Britten celebration, serving as recording producer, and joining Music Director Julian Wachner in conducting Ives’s Fourth Symphony at Carnegie Hall last February. Jarrett also sang the role of Jesus in Ginastera’s Turbae et Passionem Gregorianam at the same performance, marking his solo debut at Carnegie Hall.
Increasingly in demand for his expertise with the vocal works of J. S. Bach, Jarrett conducted performances of the B Minor Mass with Miami-based Seraphic Fire, served as Music Director of the Adams Vocal Master Class at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2011, and, in the summer of 2013, served as Director of the Conducting Master Class with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. In 2005, Jarrett founded “The Bach Experience” with Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, featuring regular performance of cantatas and the two passions.
Beyond the works of Bach, Jarrett has a passion for the heart of the classical and romantic repertoires, particularly the 19th century German tradition extending from Haydn through Schumann and Wagner. Jarrett’s dynamic performances of Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht have brought to life rarely heard masterworks. In 2011, Jarrett established the Living Composer Series at Marsh Chapel, affording a regular interaction with contemporary music and an eagerness to engage in and practice new music. The Back Bay Chorale’s premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Anything Can Happen and the recent commission of Julian Wachner’s Come my dark-eyed one are exciting new additions to the choral/orchestral repertoire.
Off the podium, Jarrett is active as a baritone and keyboard player. He can be heard as organist on Seraphic Fire’s recording of the Monteverdi Vespers and as pianist on their 2012 Grammy-nominated recording of the Brahms Requiem. He served as accompanist for Helmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw, and through his long-time collaborations with his teacher Ann Howard Jones, served eight summers on the conducting staff at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.