Schuyler Jackson was appointed to the bassoon section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Marin Alsop in March of 2017. Prior to his appointment, Schuyler was the Acting Second Bassoonist of the BSO beginning in September of 2014. He received a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from The Hartt School in 2013, studying bassoon with Marc Goldberg. Schuyler started a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in the Fall of 2013; he finished one year of his studies with Roger Nye before joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Schuyler’s early studies were spent in lessons with James Lotz, Judith Buttery, Rebecca Noreen, and Hunter Thomas, all of whom held positions in orchestras and military bands across the country. Schuyler was the first bassoonist to attend his high school. After he graduated in 2009, he donated his Linton bassoon to the program so that another young student could be inspired to play the bassoon.
In 2014, Schuyler was a finalist in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, as well as a two-time winner of the Fuch’s Chamber Music Competition at the Manhattan School of Music. While pursuing his degree, Schuyler attended many music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
In addition to performing with the BSO as the second bassoonist and as guest principal bassoonist on Pops programs and the Pulse series, Schuyler has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Bach In Baltimore, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, The Hartt School ensembles, and the MSM Chamber Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestra.
Schuyler is from the small town of Moosup, Connecticut. He can be found there a couple times a year riding dirtbikes with his dad at the Central Cycle Club, playing bass-clef duets with his brother Carter, or helping his mom tend to her ever-growing chicken farm. Schuyler resides in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore with his girlfriend Megan and their two cats, Berlioz and Wolfie.