Jacqueline Pickett, Principal Bassist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and part-time Bass Instructor at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, received her DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her MM from Yale University, and her BM from West Virginia University. Her musical abilities cover a wide range of performance genres.
Prior to joining the Columbus Symphony, Dr. Pickett was a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony orchestra. She was also a regular substitute bassist with the Charlotte, North Carolina, Louisiana Philharmonic, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee Symphony orchestras.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Pickett was bassist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Atlanta contemporary Ensemble Thamyris. Both ensembles recorded and commissioned numerous new works by composers such as Michael Torke, Tania Leon, Trey Anastasio, Alvin Singleton, Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros. Both Riley and Oliveros invited Pickett to tour with them after hearing her perform their compositions in concert with Thamyris. As principal bass of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Pickett was an guest of Trey Anastasio at the Bonnaroo Music festival and participated in several recordings sessions of his works.
Early in her career, as an assistant professor of music at Auburn University, Dr. Pickett worked extensively with Snow-Hill, Alabama pianist Consuela Lee in the Lee-Pickett Jazz Duo. This duo performed throughout the State of Alabama, bringing in jazz legends, Max Roach and Milt Jackson to rural Alabama to share their artistry with generally isolated communities.
Community revitalization is at the heart of Jacqueline Pickett’s current activities as a performing artist. To this end, she is passionately involved in music education for at-risk youth and community building via music participation. Dr. Pickett is the Founder and President of TORCH (Together, Orchestras Revitalize Community Harmony) Academy (torchacadmy.org), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to providing formal music studies and life skills to at –risk and underserved youth. A current project that TORCH is initiating in Columbus, GA is Bass Tales…students and law enforcement officials learning and performing music together on the double bass. Dr. Pickett is also the bandleader of MA JAZZ (Metro Atlanta Women’s Jazz Society), a company that features small combos to 18-piece big bands that feature women artists.