Matthew Jackfert (b. 1988), son of Jennifer Jackfert and the late Dr. Kent Jackfert, is a native of Charleston, WV. He completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He also finished a Master’s in Composition at University of Texas in Austin while also serving as director of the extracurricular choir, Collegium Musicum. At UT, Jackfert studied with Donald Grantham, Daniel Welcher, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Bruce Pennycook.
Jackfert currently works in Charleston, WV as a composer and radio host with West Virginia Public Broadcasting in addition to his freelance work.
Jackfert has written for concert music, TV, film and videogames. Jackfert has been played by several ensembles of different sizes and instrumentations including the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and the Sweet Lipzz Band, the WVU Wind Symphony, the WVU Symphony Orchestra, the River Cities Orchestra, Waynesburg University Concert Band, Marshall University Wind Symphony, and WV Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2015, he was a finalist for the 2015 Morton Gould Awards. In 2014, his piece “On the Shores of Qingdao” was performed as part of the Eastern Music Festival by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Young Artists Orchestra. In addition, his symphonic work, Ripples, was read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra a few years ago. Two of his works have been selected for the Society of Composers (SCI) National Student Conference and SEAMUS National Conference.
With WVPB, he has written themes for West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today, this Week in WV History. Jackfert scored John Nakashima’s documentary, “The First 1,000 Days” to be shown on WV PBS. In 2015, Jackfert composed music for Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey with renowned group Montana Skies. Jackfert has also composed music with such production companies as InMotion Software, Charles Ryan Associates, and the Media Center.