Biography

Jarrett is a professional bassist based in Northwest Arkansas who comes from Albany, New York.  He is a Section Bassist for the Tulsa Symphony (TSO) and Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO). In addition, he is Assistant Principal Bass of Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO (SSO), and Principal Bass for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). Jarrett has performed with Signature, Bartlesville, Arkansas, Texarkana, Shreveport and South Arkansas Symphonies and the Tulsa Ballet and Opera.

In addition to performing, Mr. Bastow maintains a private cello and bass teaching studio in Northwest Arkansas. His Suzuki training began at Northwestern University when he took Suzuki Pedagogy with Gilda Barston in 2013.  He continued his training with notable teacher trainers including Dr. Beth Cantrell, Dr. Andrea Yun, and Dr. Kate Jones for Cello and Bass Units 1-2.  Other teaching experiences include working as Bass Teaching Artist for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Bass Coach and Orchestra Assistant from Tulsa and Bartlesville Public School District respectively, Private Bass Instructor and Chamber Coach for the bART Conservatory of Music, and Guest Artist for a bass masterclass at Brigham Young University Idaho. Currently, he is the cello and bass instructor for the Northwest Arkansas Suzuki School of Music, a co-conductor for the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s (APYO) Philharmonia and assists low string sections in schools throughout the Northwest Arkansas area at Rogers and Bentonville Public Schools. He is also the Adjunct Bass Instructor at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and Adjunct Instructor of Low Strings at Northwest Arkansas Community College as of 2019.

As an arts administrator, he got his start as Personnel Manager for SoNA. This newfound interest led him to get his second Masters in the field. During his final year of the degree, he was Administrative Director for the Tulsa Youth Symphony where he earned the organization’s first government grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and started their first Silent Auction. Currently, he is Personnel Manager of SoNA and APO. As Personnel Manager for both orchestras in Northwest Arkansas, he is thrilled to have the honor of putting Northwest Arkansas on the map for professional orchestral musicians! His personnel management experience has contributed in partnering with the Walton Arts Center for its CineConcert Series to provide the Northwest Arkansas community a unique, theatrical and thrilling orchestral performance.

Jarrett received his Bachelor and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from Ithaca College and Northwestern University respectively. His principal teachers include Erik Johnson, Nicholas Walker and Andrew Raciti. Jarrett is also a Master of Arts Leadership & Cultural Management from Colorado State University. As of the summer of 2019, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from Cornell University.