Canadian Tubist Jarrett McCourt is the Acting Principal Tuba of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Tubist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Prior to this, Jarrett was the Tuba Fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Jarrett’s playing has been called “magnificent” by the Palm Beach Daily News and “warm, romantic and seamless” by the South Florida Classical Review. Jarrett has performed with a number of different high-level ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed as Acting Principal Tuba with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. 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, Jarrett has performed under classical conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, James Gaffigan, Susanna Mälkki and Leonard Slatkin, as well as alongside jazz heavyweights such as Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Bergeron and Nicholas Payton.
Jarrett has either won or advanced at ten competitions in the past five years, including the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, the Marta Hidy Competition for Brass in Toronto, and concerto competitions across Canada and the U.S. 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. Jarrett has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, the University of Western Ontario Jazz Ensemble, and the London Concert Band. During the summers, Jarrett has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. He has also performed a number of summer recitals benefiting charities related to mental health and addiction, a topic Jarrett is extremely passionate about.
As an educator, Jarrett is currently on faculty at New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College, and has also served on faculty at Expressions Music Academy in Troy, Michigan. Jarrett’s students have successfully auditioned for All-State ensembles in Michigan and Florida, summer programs including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Interlochen Arts Camp, and several undergraduate music programs across the United States and Canada including Yale University, Northwestern University and Boston University. Jarrett has presented masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Florida State University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, Universidad EAFIT and the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.
He earned a Bachelor of Music (Tuba Performance) with a minor in Ethics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 2013 and two Masters 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, Dennis Nulty, Fritz Kaenzig, Craig Knox, Warren Deck and Gene Pokorny.