Matt Jackfert

All Things Considered Host, Music Composer

Matt is the radio host of All Things Considered on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a composer and a classical music host. He wrote, recorded, and produced two new themes for the West Virginia Public Broadcasting radio news magazine, West Virginia Morning, which feature folk influences. Matt composed the themes for news programs The Legislature Today as well as West Virginia Talks. He is also wrote music for the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentaries on Poverty and Senator Jay Rockefeller IV.

Matt is the son of Jennifer Jackfert and the late Dr. Kent Jackfert. He completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He finished his Master's in Composition at University of Texas in Austin having studied under Daniel Welcher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston, Donald Grantham, and Bruce Pennycook. He continues to compose for concert music and film and media scoring.

Jackfert has been played by several ensembles in and around West Virginia including the WVU Wind Symphony, WVU Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia University Choir, the River Cities Orchestra, Waynesburg University, Marshall University Wind Symphony, West Virginia Youth Symphony, and George Washington High School Band, among others. In addition, his symphonic work, Ripples, was read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Two of his works have been selected for the Society of Composers (SCI) National Student Conference and SEAMUS National Conference. In May of 2014, Jackfert's "On the Shores of Qingdao" was played by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, WV at the Clay Center. Between 2012 and 2013 he was named director of the award-winning a capella choir, Collegium Musicum, at the University of Texas in Austin.

Jackfert has recently started creating film and media scores for various projects. Some of those include the score for the iOS game, I Dig It: Journey to the Core, developed by Austin-based company, InMotion Software as well as music for the award-winning short film, My Super Valentine, by filmmaker Jing Yang.

To listen to his music, be sure to check out jackfert.com or soundcloud.com/mattjack

Ways to Connect

    

Dr. Lucy Mauro, professor of piano at West Virginia University, was able to talk with me about the contributions of largely unknown American composer, Margaret Ruthven Lang. What I discovered was that Margaret Lang is a very prolific composer with over 200 songs, even though she would destroy her own music if she didn't like a particular piece. 

Igor Stravinsky, as drawn by Pablo Picasso
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Igor Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring was a monumental work in so many ways: its size, its structure, and its ability to push the limits of what is known as music. The piece was so groundbreaking that at its premiere in Paris, France, on May 29th, 1913, a near-riot erupted in the audience.

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