Isaiah Jackson is Conductor Emeritus of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. He has led many distinguished American orchestras over the years, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, Toronto, San Francisco, Detroit, and Indianapolis, as well as the Boston Pops, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, and National Symphony (Washington, DC).
While still a student at The Juilliard School of Music, Jackson was engaged as Leopold Stokowski's assistant with the American Symphony Orchestra and named Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony. He later held posts with the orchestras of Baltimore and Rochester.
Born in 1945 in Richmond, Virginia, Jackson is a cum laude graduate of Harvard, where he majored in Russian history and literature. He holds graduate degrees from Stanford University and The Juilliard School of Music. He has also studied at Fontainebleau, Aspen, and Tanglewood. At Harvard, he is a Fellow in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.