Isaiah Jackson

Professor Emeritus
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Career Highlights
  • Retired from Berklee College of Music in 2022, with over 15 years of service 
  • President of Rhythm, Rhyme, Results, an educational rap music company, and CEO and creative director of Belvedere Productions, a music production company specializing in educational materials
  • Conductor emeritus of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston
  • Musician in residence at the Memorial Church, Harvard University
  • Studies at Fontainebleau, Aspen, and Tanglewood
  • Guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Pops, among others in the U.S., and also with various orchestras worldwide
  • First American to hold a major post at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was appointed principal conductor and then music director of the Royal Ballet; conducted before members of Britain's royal family on several occasions, including the 90th birthday gala for Royal Ballet founder Dame Ninette de Valois
  • Recordings include Gospel at the Symphony with the Louisville Orchestra (Koch), Music of Nigel Butterley with the Melbourne Symphony (ABC Classics), Music of William Grant Still with the Berlin Symphony (Koch), My First Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), and New Year's Eve Concert with the Berlin Symphony (Sony), among many others
  • Publications include "As We Forgive Those," Boston Athenæum Occasional Papers, 2003; "Does Cape Town Need a Professional Symphony Orchestra?" Keeping Score, 1999; "Towards a Vision of Mutual Responsiveness: Remythologizing the Symphony Orchestra" (with Dr. Marilyn Fischer), Harmony, 1997; "Music: Its Place in Human Development," Concannon Oration, 1995; and "Augustine, Music, and Human Goodness: A Commentary," University of Dayton Review, 1994
  • Professor Emeritus, Berklee College of Music