ABOUT JACKSON A. WATERS
Jackson A. Waters is a growing musician, arranger, and composer. Jackson started with the trumpet in fourth grade. As time went on, he won places in honor ensembles, recording sessions, musicals, and other gigs. He earned a full ride scholarship to play as the principal trumpet player Colburn Youth Orchestra and the Scholarship Brass Quintet at the Colburn School. As he became a better musician, Jackson started to write music. His passion for composing was shown when he got accepted to be a resident in the Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium in 2018, Jackson was the only high schooler in this conference. Everyone else were on their way to earning their bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. This residency has helped him gain opportunities to compose for other schools. In that same year, Dr. Wyant Morton, the choral director at Cal Lutheran University, asked Jackson to write a piece for his choir. Jackson accepted the challenge, and a few months later, "Dust" was performed in April. A year later, the Colburn School challenged Jackson to write a concert orchestra piece in a week to be recorded by their orchestra.
With competitive offers from New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, Jackson decided to attend New York University studying Music Composition starting this 2020-2021 year.