About Jackson A. Waters

Jackson A. Waters is a concert composer recently deemed the next “Rising Star” by VoyageLa Magazine. At 16, he was selected to be the youngest composer-in-resident at the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival. Months later, Jackson was commissioned by the Areté Vocal Ensemble to write a choral work in memory of the lives affected and lost during the Woolsey Fire that struck Southern California in 2018. By the time Jackson entered his first semester at college, he earned commissions and performance opportunities by conservatories and professional ensembles.

Inspired by his mother, Jackson’s recent musical works focus on rejuvenating Black American History and Culture in an attempt to resurface unrepresented stories and events. The first of this series is an orchestral symphony depicting the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which has been performed by The Colburn School and will be performed by New York University at the end of 2021.

Having scored the music for multiple award-winning short films, Jackson’s music palette spans beyond the genre of concert music. Jackson spent time writing music for social media platforms as well, where he started collaborating with Tiktok star and poet, Christi Steyn, where he scored her short videos of spoken word poetry.

Jackson continued working with Christi, where she is the poet for Jackson’s new choral work anticipated to be premiered this spring. Recently, Waters earned the Music Director and Composer position at Bompart Productions to write the music for a new musical. Waters is currently studying music theory and composition at New York University (recipient of the Steinhardt Scholarship) under Justin Dello Joio.