Jared Field is a composer, conductor, music educator and clarinetist. His works have been read and performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Choral Chameleon, and by hundreds of students and campers across the country. In addition to his classical works, Jared has written the music for Harold! the Musical, Rachel, and La Maupin, as well as music for plays and dance pieces.
Jared received his BA in Music Composition from Brandeis University, where he earned Highest Honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his MA in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Composition teachers include David Rakowski, Melinda Wagner, Marty Boykan, and Richard Pearson Thomas. Jared is currently the Director of Middle School Music at Worcester Academy, where he is a proud recipient of the O'Connell Award for excellence in teaching.
My teacher and dear friend Vince Peterson introduced me to this powerful way of asserting yourself as a musician. More than a traditional bio, this statement is my expression of who I am as a musician and why I am a musician in the world today.
I am a musician because it is the only thing I can be. Primarily, I am a composer, because that is the way I live in and communicate with the world. As I live my life each day, I open myself to the musical ideas that may arise from any moment or experience. I believe that music is the most powerful way that we as human beings experience our collective humanity. I freely give my life to music and I fill my life with it.
I am a curator of sounds. Sounds are my words and I endeavor to expand my vocabulary every day. My music tells stories of all kinds and at all levels. The stories I tell with my music defy expectations and always turn what is assumed on its head. I believe in the unity of music and text, and respect the structure and form the text provides.
For me, all of life is a composition. In my teaching practice, my students are compositions, each unto themselves. I reach out to them with an open heart and mind, and I carefully and mindfully consider how their experiences with me will shape them, reach them, and celebrate their individuality. I teach with joy, and I endeavor to guide each of them toward finding their own joy in music as they move towards their best musical selves.
As I move through the world, I endeavor to find joy in the journey that music brings to my life. Attending to this journey is how I embrace my authentic self.
Jared Field is a composer, clarinetist, and music educator. He received his BA with Highest Honors in Music Composition and Philosophy from Brandeis University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he served as a corps member at City Year New Hampshire, working as a tutor and mentor in a third grade classroom. He also conducted and led the school chorus in rehearsals, created and implemented a new after school music club, and wrote a new school song. After City Year Jared worked at a program for adults with developmental disabilities, where he created and implemented a wide variety of classes, including a music class and a theatre class. Over the summers, Jared worked at Beam Camp in Strafford, New Hampshire, where he led several music programs and guided a group of campers in the creation of their own opera and of their own aleatoric compositions.
Jared graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Music and Music Education. While there, he taught private composition and clarinet lessons, and worked as a student teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, Jared was selected as a participant in the September installation of "The Choreography Lab," for which he and choreographer Rachel Lauria created the dance piece "Timeless". Jared has also been selected as a participant in the 2016 ACDA-Lehigh University Choral Composers Forum and the 2017 Choral Chameleon Summer Institute.
Jared has collaborated with his sister Jessie on several musicals. Their first full-length collaboration, Rachel, was the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. It was accepted into the New York Musical Theater Festival's Developmental Reading Program, and won four "Fruitie" Awards at the 2015 Fresh Fruit Festival, including Outstanding Musical. Their second full-length collaboration, La Maupin, won five "Fruitie" Awards at the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival, including the Audience Favorite award. Scenes from La Maupin were performed at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany as part of the 2018 International MUT Competition, where our show won the Grand Jurypreis.
Jared is currently a middle school music teacher at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he teaches chorus, band, and general music, and also works as an 8th grade advisor and Upper School dorm parent. He is a proud recipient of an O'Connell Award, awarded by the faculty of Worcester Academy to teachers "whose performance in the classroom and loyalty to the community are most exemplary." Along with the other middle school arts teachers, Jared has helped develop several large-scale integrated arts projects including the 6th grade "Arts Cafe," where students create their own version of a marketplace from ancient Greece or Renaissance Florence, and compose their own music to accompany a theatrical performance using historical traditions.