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Matthew Jackfert

(b. 1988) is a native of Charleston, WV. He completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall and David Taddie, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He also finished a Master’s in Composition at the University of Texas in Austin, while also serving as director of the extracurricular choir, Collegium Musicum.

Jackfert currently works in Charleston, WV as a composer and radio host with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. In addition to his freelance composition work, he performs, writes, and arranges for the Appalachian-rock group,The Company Stores.

Jackfert writes for concert music, radio, TV, film and video games. Some of his film scores include documentaries Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey, The First 1,000 Days, and Opioid Inc., while some of his radio work includes themes to West Virginia Morning, Inside Appalachia, The Legislature Today and more. His concert music has been performed by several top ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and the Montclaire String Quartet.

Jackfert has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition as well as on the national radio program Performance Today several times. His piece On the Shores of Qingdao was named a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composers Award, and he has received the Commissioned Composer Award from the WVMTA.

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