Photo: WV Youth Symphony

Matthew Jackfert (b. 1988), son of Jennifer Jackfert and the late Dr. Kent Jackfert, is a native of Charleston, WV. He has recently completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He also just finished a Master’s in Composition at University of Texas in Austin this year while also serving as director of the extracurricular choir, Collegium Musicum. Jackfert currently works in Charleston, WV as an announcer with West Virginia Public Radio.
Jackfert has written for concert music, TV, film and videogames. Jackfert has done a number of ads and short films as well as work on the videogame, I Dig It by InMotion Software. Jackfert has been played by several ensembles of different sizes and instrumentations including 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. He will be played by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra this coming year. 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. Lastly, this summer, Jackfert served as the composer-in-residence for the West Virginia Youth Orchestra for their 2012 Tour of Europe.