Chris Tackett, Guest Conductor

Chris TackettMr. Tackett has been involved in a lot of things in many musical worlds. In the world of Musical Theatre, he has taken part in many theatrical productions for many different companies including Borderlands Theater and the University of Arizona Repertory Theater in Tucson AZ. As a composer and arranger, he has worked for many more groups, including Desert Voices (a community chorus in Tucson), the Gregg Smith Singers, the BBC Big Band and Concert Orchestra, and the Brodsky Quartet. His orchestration clients have included Dave Brubeck and George Shearing. For over fifteen years he served as music librarian and archivist for Mr Shearing.

Mr. Tackett is a Masters Degree graduate of Indiana University. He has studied jazz, composition, conducting, and piano with such teachers as David Baker, Dominic Spera, Thom Dunn, James Staples, and Irving Godt. As a vocal accompanist, he has worked in the studios of many people, including Walter Cassell, Carol Smith, and William Warfield.

As a director Mr. Tackett has been involved with many different choruses and vocal ensembles all over the country. He was the Artistic Director of Desert Voices (the GLBT community chorus in Tucson) from 2002-2013. He was director of music (choir director and accompanist) at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson from 2007-2016. While there he composed, edited, or arranged much of the music that the choirs sang. In February of 2017 he premiered his new evening length setting of the Friday Evening Shabbat Service called Shabbat Shirah (A Sabbath of Song) at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He was director of music for Saguaro Christian Church in Tucson for more than ten years as well. While there he composed and arranged many pieces, including two original Christmas cantatas and many new works for all ensembles. More recently he has been serving as guest conductor and piano soloist for the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. Mr Tackett is excited to be engaged as the guest conductor for COT’s upcoming Pops Concerts in April and May of 2018.

Mr. Tackett has also discovered that writing about himself in the third person makes it sound a lot less like bragging.


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