Anthony Brackett, who was born in Sitka, Alaska, is a former bass clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony who has performed with New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Goldman Band, and Singapore Symphony. He has also collaborated with the Emerson String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Borealis Wind Quintet, Dorian Quintet, Blue Door, and VentiCordi.
Brackett received a BM and Artist Diploma from the Hartt School of Music and completed graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music. He participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Waterloo Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival—Yale Summer Schools of Music and Art, and the Monteux School & Music Festival in Hancock, Maine. His Broadway show credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, Cole Porter’s Can-Can, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has recorded for Sony, Sarabande, QRecords, and Telarc labels and for television, radio, and films.
A member of the faculties of Juilliard Pre-College and Amherst College, Brackett formerly taught in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, was a consultant to the Morgan Library and Museum’s Family Concert Series; adjudicated for CMEA; served as president, orchestra manager; and adjudicator for the New England Music Festival Association, and was manager of NAfME’s National Honors Orchestra. His students have participated in all-state festivals and honors bands, summer programs, Juilliard Pre-College, and Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Program.
Brackett lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he teaches, performs with the Valley Winds, and serves on the group’s executive board. Brackett’s arrangements for clarinet ensemble have been performed all over the globe and have been featured at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conferences and Amherst Orchestra’s Orchard series.