Anthony Brackett was born in Sitka, Alaska. He is formerly the bass clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, Anthony Brackett has performed with New York City Opera, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Goldman Band and Singapore Symphony. In chamber music Mr. Brackett has collaborated with The Emerson String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Borealis Wind Quintet, Dorian Quintet, Blue Door, and VentiCordi.
Mr. Brackett received a B.M. and Artist Diploma from The Hartt School of Music and attended the Manhattan School of Music for graduate studies. 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. 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 Cancan and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Anthony has recorded for Sony, Sarabande, QRecords, and Telarc labels and for television, radio and films.
Anthony is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program and Amherst College, formerly taught in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, was 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 CT, MA and NY All-State Festivals, The New England Music Festival, NAfME’s All-Eastern Honors Band, The John Philip Sousa Junior & Senior National Honors Band, Hershey’s All-USA High School Band, Juilliard Pre-College Program, Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Program, and the BUTI, Brevard, Interlochen summer music programs.
Mr. Brackett lives in Amherst, MA with his family where he teaches clarinet, performs with the Valley Winds and serves on the group’s Executive Board. Mr. Brackett’s arrangements for clarinet ensembles have been performed all over the globe and have been featured at the International Clarinet Association’s annual Clarinet Conferences as well as Amherst’s Orchestra in the Orchard series.