Hartford Chorale Announces Interim Music Director

Jack Pott Interim Music Director

Lalitha Shivaswamy, President of the Board of Directors of The Hartford Chorale, has announced the appointment of Jack Anthony Pott as Interim Music Director for the 2022-2023 season.

Jack Anthony Pott is a highly respected conductor, soloist, voice teacher, and clinician throughout Connecticut. Having served as the Assistant Music Director for Hartford Chorale since 2013, he was also a co-founder of the Hartt Community Division High School Chamber Choir and has conducted the CMEA Northern Region High School Choir, as well as other high school choral festivals in Connecticut. During his time as Assistant Music Director for Hartford Chorale he was chorus master for Do you Hear the People Sing? with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (2014), and conducted pieces in the Great Music of France (2015), The Music of John Rutter (2018), and the Christmas in the Americas (2019). In October 2015 he conceived and conducted an entire concert with the Men of the Hartford Chorale, featuring two premieres by local composers. Additionally, he was on the podium during the Chorale’s 2017 tour of Eastern Europe. He is currently the Director of Music & Arts at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, where he oversees all aspects of their vibrant arts program, including being the Director/Producer of the annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, an Epiphany festival with music, live animals, and cast of over 200 that present 5 performances to almost 4,000 people every year.

“We are thrilled that Maestro Pott will be leading us during the 2022-2023 season,” said Shivaswamy. “Jack is no stranger to the Chorale, having served as Assistant Music Director and Media Coordinator. During the pandemic, he was instrumental in keeping our sound alive through technology. His dedication to choral music and sincere caring for the Chorale community is greatly appreciated at the Chorale.”

Equally comfortable on the other side of the podium, he has been a featured tenor soloist with many ensembles in Connecticut, including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, CONCORA, Voce, Inc., Hartford Chorale, GM Chorale, Con Brio, and the Mystic River Chorale. Additionally, he is on the roster of Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA) and is a featured soloist on albums of the music of Morten Lauridsen and Paul Mealor, by the Hartford-based professional choir, Voce, for which he serves as Principal Tenor.

“When I think about Hartford Chorale,” Jack said, “I think about tradition, camaraderie, and musical excellence. These three pillars are what have kept this organization as a strong, musical force in the region for half a century, and I am humbled to be entrusted with that for next season.” Having been a member of the voice faculty for both Central Connecticut State University and the Hartt School Community Division, Mr. Pott now teaches privately. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from The University of Michigan, and also did graduate studies in choral conducting and voice performance at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Pott resides in South Windsor, CT, with his wife and two children.

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