Mr. Jackson is the Director of Choral Music and AP Music Theory at Stone Bridge High School. Prior to his arrival, he was the Director of music at Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, MA. In only his first year at Deerfield, Mr. Jackson has been an agent of immediate change to the Choral/Vocal Music Department. He resurrected the area’s Community Chorus (the Deerfield Choral Society), cultivated the school’s new advanced ensemble, increased student enrollment and participation by 300%, and championed music curriculum reform to foster comprehensive music development amongst all skill levels.
Before arriving at Deerfield, Mr. Jackson taught for 13 years as the Director of Vocal Music Activities at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. Under his direction, the Chorus Department has performed around the country; earning first place finishes in numerous choral festivals. The program nurtured the development of many students who have been accepted to some of the nation’s most elite institutions for music. Between the years of 2007 to 2012, the Olympia Choral Department had multiple ensembles selected to perform at State ACDA, Music Educators Conferences and the NAACP National Conference.
He also served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Garden Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Redding. During his tenure he formed the Garden Chamber Singers-a select group of singers within the Community Ensemble.
Mr. Jackson has served as a clinician for Middle and High School Honor Choirs, as well as a festival adjudicator, throughout the state of Florida. He has done brief workshops on ensemble technique, vocal pedagogy in the ensemble rehearsal, and cultivating safe environment in the classroom. He has been invited to work with ensembles at the secondary school and church levels throughout the Southeast United States, Massachusetts, the Florida State University and West Virginia University. He has also been on Leadership Committees for the Orange County Public Schools Choral Directors; serving as a County Representative, curriculum writer and New Teacher Mentor.
Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Florida State University, under the guidance of Dr. André Thomas, Dr. Judy Bowers and Dr. Kevin Fenton. He is an active member of NAFME and ACDA.