Why do certain pieces make us feel happy, while others make us feel sad? Tuba Fellow Jarrett McCourt examines music’s inherent capability of evoking certain emotions and experiences from our past, and attempts to uncover the musical and extramusical causes behind the transformative power of song.Join the Fellows for an intimate glimpse into their craft with these behind-the-scenes presentations on topics ranging from music appreciation to the historic contexts of composers and more.Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-performance discussions.
Spiegel Im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror)
Jarrett McCourt, tuba
Canadian tubist Jarrett McCourt is a second-year Tuba Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed with a number of high-level ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Flint Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific, Windsor Symphony, Motor City Brass Quintet and University of Michigan Symphony Band. He can also be heard on recently released CDs by the University of Western Ontario Wind Ensemble (Apparitions, Albany Records) and the University of Michigan Symphony Band (Reflections, Equilibrium). Additionally, Mr. McCourt has had the privilege of playing under classical conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Andrew Litton and Jeffery Kahane, as well as alongside jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, George Benson and Nicholas Payton.
Mr. McCourt has won or been a finalist in eight competitions over the past three years, including the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition and concerto competitions in Ontario, Quebec and Michigan. Most notably, he won the top prize in the brass category of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s prestigious Standard Life Competition in 2014, becoming the first tubist to do so in the competition’s 75-year history.
Mr. McCourt earned a bachelor’s of music degree in tuba performance with a minor in ethics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 2013 and two master’s degrees (one in tuba performance and the other in chamber music) at the University of Michigan in 2015. His principal teachers have been Brent Adams, Sasha Johnson, Dennis Nulty and Fritz Kaenzig.