PRESS RELEASE: BACK BAY CHORALE ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF SCOTT ALLEN JARRETT, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
JULY 11, 2022
The Back Bay Chorale announced today that its Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Scott Allen Jarrett as Artistic Director, effective immediately.
“This was a difficult decision that I reached after much reflection. I could not be prouder of my tenure with the Chorale marked by the significant musical and organizational milestones achieved together. Most importantly, I cherish the relationships and friendships forged by our music and work together over the past 18 years. It has been a privilege to work with this amazing group of people and to create some of my most cherished musical memories together,” said Jarrett. “The Back Bay Chorale is in a strong position to continue being a leader of the choral arts in Boston.”
Jarrett joined the Back Chorale as Music Director in 2004 and was named Artistic Director in 2019. During his tenure the Chorale has become one of the top auditioned volunteer choruses in greater Boston. He also facilitated the creation of the community outreach program Bridges, which brings the choral arts to persons with neurological disabilities, as well as to recent immigrants to Boston.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, singers, and staff, I thank Scott Allen Jarrett for his service and leadership. The Back Bay Chorale has seen great transformation since his appointment as Music Director,” said Michael Baum, President of the Board. “We salute Scott’s many contributions to our Chorale community over his long tenure as Artistic Director. The Board of Directors extends him the Chorale’s best wishes in the next stage of his career, while offering our deepest gratitude for many years of inspired artistic collaboration.”
The Board of Directors is currently interviewing guest conductors to lead the BBC during the 2022-23 season. The search for a permanent Music Director will begin in the fall.
**About the Back Bay Chorale **
Back Bay Chorale has long been recognized as one of Boston’s premier choruses. Musician, social activist, and chaplain Larry Hill founded Back Bay Chorale in 1973. His desire was to create a musical community that would bring meaning to both singers and audience. In the years since Hill’s death in 1989, the Chorale has continued to grow in stature and become a leading participant in our region’s cultural conversations. The 90-member auditioned musicians perform traditional choral masterworks as well as contemporary pieces—including commissioned works from leading composers.