Michael Jarrett* is a percussionist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in Atlanta, Michael began learning percussion at age 12.
As a high school student, Michael was a member of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Michael then went on to study percussion and timpani with members of the Cleveland Orchestra while attaining his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Michael furthered his education at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his master’s degree in orchestral performance. Upon graduating, Michael was selected as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. It was during Michael’s first year playing with the New World Symphony that he was offered the job with the Vancouver Symphony.
While maintaining an active performance schedule with the VSO and other ensembles in Vancouver, Michael has also made guest appearances with various other orchestras around the US and Canada. He has been selected to perform at music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. Michael is also a two time winner of the Atlanta Symphony Modern Snare Drum Competition.
Michael is passionate about teaching students of all different ages and levels of experience. It’s his goal to provide his students with fun and engaging lessons that cover the broad range of instruments, styles, and techniques involved in the percussion family.