Jackson Cooper, Executive Director
Executive Director Jackson Cooper joined Chamber Music Raleigh in September 2016. In the first year of his tenure, he and the CMR board of directors solidified a partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art to make it CMR's permanent home for presenting concerts. He has additionally created season partnerships with UNC TV, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, UNC Chapel Hill, and others.
Raised in Raleigh, Cooper began his arts administration career at age 13 when he was a music copyist for North Carolina Theatre. Since then, he has worked in numerous Triangle arts organizations. While at NC Theatre, he curated and organized the inaugural TheatreSparks for SparkCon. In April 2016, he created the position of Assistant to the Artistic Director, a volunteer position, at PlayMakers Repertory Company where he served for nearly nine months.
Trained as an opera and musical theatre conductor, Cooper has conducted performances with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, served as the student conductor for NC Symphony's Young All Stars program, and was assistant to the conductor for NC Opera and Greensboro Opera.
While a student at UNC-Greensboro, he created an interdisciplinary degree in arts administration. He regularly writes criticism for the Greensboro News and Record, Classical Voice of North Carolina, and is the Music Correspondent for the Winston Salem Journal. He is currently co-editing a book on The Great Conductors with Maestro William Henry Curry.
An advocate for collaboration and community service, Cooper regularly serves on volunteer boards and as an advisor for interdisciplinary projects around the area.