Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett
Director of Music
Scott Allen Jarrett is the Director of Music at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, and the Acting Director of Choral Activities at BU’s School of Music. Dr. 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, Dr. Jarrett is the fifth music director of Boston’s Back Bay Chorale. In his nine years with the Chorale, he has led acclaimed and memorable performances of such masterworks as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and B Minor Mass of Bach, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Honegger’s Le Roi David, the Monteverdi Vespers, and the world premiere of Julian Wachner’s Come my dark-eyed one. Under Dr. Jarrett’s leadership, the Chorale has grown in artistic and organizational excellence, attracting Boston’s finest volunteer singers. Through this dedication and growth, the Chorale and Dr. Jarrett remain committed to leading the choral arts in New England with presentations of the finest choral/orchestral repertoire, old and new.
Dr. Jarrett is Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony (NC). 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 chorus’s appearances with the orchestra, including the annual Messiah performances, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival concerts, and this season’s performances of Verdi and Wagner opera choruses.
Through these appointments, Dr. Jarrett regularly conducts the great masterworks of the choral/orchestral repertoire, with a particular focus on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Having established the Marsh Chapel Bach Cantata Series, he has conducted more than thirty-five cantatas and multiple performances of each of Bach’s four major choral works: St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, and the Christmas Oratorio.
As a keyboardist, he 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 Fire’s recent recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers and the Brahms Requiem. He is a member of the professional choruses of Boston’s Handel & 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 California’s Carmel Bach Festival.
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. He received the Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees from Boston University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University (Greenville, SC).
Contact Dr. Jarrett:
Marsh Chapel, Boston University
735 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215