The Composers

Sara Jacovino Rebecca Pellett Caitlin Smith

Sara Jacovino is an ambitious young composer, arranger and trombonist based in New York City who cut her teeth in the renowned One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. Hailed by the likes of David Baker as having a completely unique compositional and performing voice, Sara has already drawn the attention of many seasoned professionals. In the fall of 2008, Sara made the move to NYC where she joined the BMI jazz composer’s workshop led by Jim McNeely. In June of 2009, Sara was awarded the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Composition Award/Manny Album Commission after just her first season in the workshop. Earlier in 2009, Sara received the Airmen of Note’s Sammy Nestico Award in jazz composition and was awarded Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award in the category of jazz arranging. Similarly in 2008, Sara’s received two Downbeat Awards, including best Original Song and best Extended Composition. She also earned invitations to the prestigious Better Carter Jazz Ahead residency and Ravinia Steans Institute residency, while being awarded the Kai Winding jazz ensemble prize and selected as one of three finalists in the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson solo jazz trombone competition. Sara can be seen leading her original quintet and big band as well as her recently co-founded jazz philharmonic, The Orchestral Reeducation Commission. Sara earned both a BMus and MMus degree from UNT while studying composition with Neil Slater and Paris Rutherford and trombone with Steve Wiest and Tony Baker.

Rebecca Pellett is a musician living and working in Toronto, Canada. She has been active as a composer and orchestrator in the film industry for more than ten years, and has had the opportunity to work with many distinguished film composers, including Chris Dedrick, Michael Small, Micky Erbe, and Rob Carli. Rebecca has orchestrated for films directed by acclaimed Canadian directors Guy Maddin, Don McKellar, and Alex Chappel; and has worked on-set as a music consultant with legendary directors Dan Petrie and Norman Jewison. Rebecca is also an accomplished recording engineer, and is the associate engineer for the ongoing series of live concert recordings being made by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she has the pleasure of working under Maestro Peter Oundjian. She has had some very successful forays into the commercial recording business; last year Rebecca produced a solo French horn album featuring the principal horn player for the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Watson. Rebecca also assisted with the production of Kate Schutt’s “Telephone Game”, and celebrated Canadian actor Brent Carver’s upcoming debut vocal album. Recently, Rebecca has begun to receive commissions for orchestral arrangements and compositions, most notably from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Maestro John Morris Russell.

Caitlin Smith is a Toronto-based composer, conductor, arranger and clarinetist. She has recently returned from New York City, where she spent 2008-2009 on a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. While there, she studied composition with the renowned pianist and composer Jim McNeely, was a participant in the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, and studied conducting with Gary Fagin and Alan Pierson. She is a graduate of the jazz program at Humber College in Toronto, where she studied composition with John MacLeod, Terry Promane and Don Thompson. Caitlin has also studied composition with Dave McMurdo and film composer Christopher Dedrick. She holds certificates in classical clarinet, harmony and theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Caitlin also works professionally as an arranger, copyist, teacher, and performer. She was the conductor of the Hart House Jazz Ensemble at the University of Toronto for 2007-2008. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by the The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra Chamber Ensemble; The Darren Sigesmund Big Band; The Sydney Improvising Musicians’ (SIMA) Jazz Orchestra in Sydney, Australia; and The Hamilton All-Star Big Band with the Canadian Orpheus Men’s Choir. Her music has been played on CBC Radio One and on JazzFM 91.1 in Toronto.