Jack Parton studied composition at Peabody Conservatory under Jean Ivey, Robert Hall Lewis, and Chen Yi. Moving to New York City in 1999, Jack spent a year as Assistant Producer at Live From Lincoln Center before becoming Principal Orchestra Librarian for the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein for eight years. Besides composing, Jack sings bass and countertenor, performing professionally with such early music groups as the New York Collegium, Pomerium, Chicago Schola Antiqua, the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, and the New York Baroque Soloists. He also plays tuba with brass quintets, bands, occasional cabaret groups, and Dixieland ensembles. This diversity of musical background is reflected in his compositional output. He has written extensively for solo voice and choral forces; highlights include four Communion Services commissioned by Baltimore & New York Episcopal churches. His output also includes three commissioned string orchestra pieces: Two Concerti Grossi and the Mount Desert Island Suite. However, in the last ten years he has devoted most of his energy to chamber music, composing among other works three string quartets and sonatas for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, piano, and alto saxophone. While working at the American Symphony Orchestra Jack was the creator of a number of musical reconstructions and editions, notably rebuilding a complete working edition of the original version of the Chabrier opera Le Roi Malgré Lui from severly doctored materials and the original libretto, an urtext edition of Manuel Poncé’s violin concerto from Poncé’s manuscripts since published by PeerMusik Limited, a working score & parts of Bruno Walter’s First Symphony from Walter’s manuscripts, and from a badly damaged full score found in the Library of Congress a full working edition of Ferdinand Hiller’s magisterial oratorio Die Zerstörung Jerusalems. After a few years living in Chicago for a change of urban pace and scenery, Jack has recently moved to Boston to be closer to family and to the vibrant east coast music world, and then spent two months this summer in Europe, singing in London and immersing himself in the techniques and philosophies of Nadia Boulanger at the European American Musical Alliance in July in Paris.
Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
Editor, Copyist, Engraver
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Chicago, IL 60660
Robin Hood Foundation Research Associate April 2009 – March 2010
American Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Librarian June 2002 – Aug. 2008
Live From Lincoln Center Assistant Producer Sept. 2000 – Jan. 2002
Riverside Symphony Orchestra Librarian Oct. 1999 – June 2002
(and continuing to present on select special projects)
New York Collegium Librarian & Production Manager Oct. 1999 – Sept. 2000
Freelancer, music research, preparation, copywork, and concert production August 1999 – Present
Clients have included: The Aspen Music Festival, The Bard Music Festival, Center City Opera (Philadelphia), Enoch & Cie., Gesellshaft der Musicfreunde (Wien), The Juilliard School, Lowell Liebermann, The Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus, PeerMusik Verlag, Tanglewoood, Theodore Presser Music Publishers, G. Schirmer. Editions Universal.
Freelance Tubist & Singer (Bass & Countertenor) August 1999 – Present
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marketing Assistant Sept. 1997 – Aug. 1999
Juilliard School of Music Orchestra Library Internship Aug.1999 – June 2000
Peabody Conservatory of Music B.Mus., Music Composition Aug. 1994 – June 1997
Minor degrees in tuba and voice performance and pedagogy. Studies also included Baroque and Renaissance performance, conducting, and electronic & computer music.
Atlantic Union College B.A., Music Sept. 1989 – Dec. 1992
Studies included composition, sacred music, and performance in tuba, voice, piano, and organ.
Independent courses also in Architecture, Engineering, and Graphic Design & Layout.
References can be supplied on request.
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