Canadian Tubist Jarrett McCourt is the Principal Tubist of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Jarrett has performed with a number of different high-level ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and has also performed as Acting Principal Tuba with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, Jarrett has had the privilege of playing under classical conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Pablo Heras-Casado, James Gaffigan, Susanna Mälkki and Leonard Slatkin, as well as alongside jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, George Benson and Nicholas Payton. Jarrett was the runner up for the recent Principal Tuba audition of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also advanced at auditions held by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Armed Forces Band.
Mr. McCourt has either won or advanced at 10 competitions in the past five years, including the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, Marta Hidy Competition for Brass, 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. He has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra Toronto, University of Western Ontario Jazz Ensemble and the London Concert Band. During the summers he has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific and the Hot Springs Music Festival. He has also performed a number of summer recitals benefiting charities related to mental health and addiction, a topic he is extremely passionate about.
As an educator, Mr. McCourt 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. His 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. He has presented masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Universidad EAFIT and the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.
Mr. McCourt earned a bachelor of music degree (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, Dennis Nulty, Fritz Kaenzig and Warren Deck.