Dr. Michael JackoDirector of Music Conservatory • Head of Orchestral Studies
website: www.dallasisd.org/michaeljackocourses: Sinfonia Strings, Camerata Strings, Symphony Orchestra, String Techniques, AP Music Theoryroom: 269phone: 972-925-1234
Michael Jacko returned to the Metroplex in 2015 from Washington, DC area. While living in the nation's capital, Dr. Jacko served as Music Director of the Maryland Sinfonietta and the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra; as well as staff conductor for the Capital City Symphony, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William.
In Washington, Jacko also worked in the Music Department at the National Gallery of Art, where he served as Cover Conductor for the National Gallery of Art Orchestra. He conducted the Maryland Sinfonietta in the opening program of the National Gallery's 65th American Music Festival, which featured a selection of works by Cage, Copland, and Ives that the Washington Post called "fascinating," "illuminating," and "a rich study in American mythmaking." A devotee of American symphonic music, Jacko completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Maryland, in which he discussed the new editions of Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony.
Jacko began his conducting study while pursuing a degree from the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Jacko completed further studies at Bard College, the University of Denver, and the University of Maryland, where he served as Assistant Conductor to various instrumental, choral, and operatic ensembles. While at Bard, he coordinated and conducted a string ensemble for Noemie LaFrance’s site-‐specific ballet, Rapture, staged atop the magnificent Frank Gehry-‐designed Richard B. Fisher Center, and he also led the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra as a guest conductor.