Back Bay Chorale Conducting Fellowship
As a key educational and artistic initiative, the Back Bay Chorale auditions and appoints a Conducting Fellow each year. Selected by the Music Director, the Conducting Fellow assists in rehearsals and sectionals, and serves as cover conductor for all repertoire. The Conducting Fellow serves on the Chorale’s Artistic Planning Committee and leads many of the Chorale’s outreach performances.
Designed for talented emerging artists, the Back Bay Chorale’s Conducting Fellowship offers first-hand experience with one of New England’s finest choruses. In addition to musical mentoring from Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett, the Conducting Fellowship offers significant ‘podium time’. Beyond musical leadership and development, the Conducting Fellow has the opportunity to experience all aspects of a vibrant non-profit arts organization, from artistic budgeting and planning, to organizational and administrative observation with experienced arts leaders. The Conducting Fellow is awarded a significant annual stipend.
2016 | 2017 Conducting Fellow: Jonathan Mott
Jonathan Mott, originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, received a B.A. in Music from Boston College in 2014 where he studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee and Ralf Gawlick. Soon thereafter, Jonathan briefly studied Composition at the New England Conservatory before relocating to Boston University in the Fall of 2015 to start a masters in Choral Conducting. As a student at BU, Jonathan has studied conducting with Scott Allen Jarrett, David Hoose and George Case; he also serves as Manager of the Boston University Symphonic Chorus.
While at Boston College, Jonathan served two years as the President and Music Director of the Madrigal Singers—conducting two annual concerts and coordinating several community outreach events. Jonathan has also conducted the BC Chorale, including a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb—all under the guidance of his teacher, John Finney. Beyond his choral music experience, Jonathan has collaborated with the BC Music Outreach Program to conduct Camille Saint Saëns’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, and in the Summer of 2013 studied orchestral conducting in Cremona, Italy through a BC Advanced Study Grant.
Though less active in composing these days, Jonathan remains passionate about the performance of 21st century choral works; he has led both professional and student choirs in performances of freshly minted compositions including his own Kingfishers, Beings and Stabat Mater. Jonathan’s current conducting posts include serving as the Choir Director at University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square, Vocal Chamber Music Coach at Boston College and Conducting Fellow at the Back Bay Chorale.