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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-residence 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.

Waters recently completed his first orchestral work titled "Defending Greenwood," a six movement programmatic symphony based off of the Tulsa Race Massacre. His work has been recognized by The Colburn School, NYU Orchestra 1, ACO Earshot, and composition mentors for his ‘expert orchestration,’ and is expected to be premiered by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in 2023.

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, being the poet for Jackson’s new choral work anticipated to be premiered this spring, as well as collaborating on an album combining spoken word poetry and concert music. Waters is currently studying music theory and composition at New York University (recipient of the Steinhardt Scholarship) under Michael Gordon.

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