Inspired by an endless fascination of what makes music, music, Jonathan Mott has established himself in the Boston area as a conductor of great versatility and compelling musicianship.
Jonathan Mott is the Resident Conductor and Teaching Assistant of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, a post he has held since the fall of 2017. Since arriving at Harvard, Mott has led Collegium in concerts in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa, and prepared the chorus for a 2018 performance of Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher with Odyssey Opera. Most recently, he conducted the group in their 50th anniversary performance of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Day to day, Mott serves as an adviser for the student-led administration of the chorus though he has also worked closely with Dr. Robert Kyr in mentoring student composers through the Harvard Composers New Music Initiative, conducting several world premiere performances of their works.
As the former Assistant Conductor of the Back Bay Chorale, Mott assisted in preparing over thirteen major works for the group's main stage performances and conducted the Chorale’s March 2017 concert, "Essential Voices: Da Pacem." He also served as the artistic lead for the Chorale's Bridges outreach efforts, sharing music at places such as the Women's Lunch Place, Standish Village, and Goddard House.
Mott has served as Music Director - Choir at University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square since 2014, where he conducts the choir and often composes anthems in his signature style: two-and-a-half minutes long using two lines of text.
Mott holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston University where he studied with Scott Allen Jarrett, David Hoose, and George Case. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Boston College where he studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee and Ralf Gawlick, and conducting with John Finney. In his free time, Mott can be found birding in the forests and fields of New England, in search of the latest rare bird.