About  Jackson A. Waters


About Jackson A. Waters

Jackson A. Waters is a classical and film composer studying at New York University. Starting with the trumpet in fourth grade, Jackson won spots in honor ensembles, recording sessions, musicals, and other gigs. Before his senior year of high school, Waters earned the principal trumpet position in the Colburn Youth Orchestra and the Scholarship Brass Quintet at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Waters started composing and arranging music when he was in eighth grade. Jackson developed a passion for composing when he was accepted to be the youngest composer-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium in 2018 when he was just 16. Everyone else there had their degrees and music careers where Waters was barely in high school. During his time at the festival, Waters wrote a piece for String Quintet and Piano, called The Cosmic Lullaby. This residency helped Jackson gain opportunities to compose for more ensembles. In the same year as the residency, Jackson was asked to write a choral piece for the Areté Vocal Ensemble. Waters accepted the challenge, and a few months later, Dust was performed in April. A year later, the Colburn School asked Waters to write a concert orchestra piece in a week to be recorded by their orchestra. Before he entered college, Jackson earned a commission to write a piece for a local dance company which premiered in concert this month.