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Oratorio Singers leader to leave Charlotte Symphony

Scott Allen Jarrett, who strengthened and enlarged Oratorio Singers of Charlotte over a decade as its leader, will leave the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Jarrett, one of the CSO’s assistant conductors, has been promoted to director of choral activities at Boston University, where he currently serves as director of music for Marsh Chapel. (His appointment includes faculty posts in the School of Theology and School of Music.) He’s also music director of the Back Bay Chorale, one of New England’s leading volunteer choruses.

The Virginia native, who holds degrees from Furman University and Boston University, has lived in Boston throughout his Charlotte tenure. He commutes weekly for Oratorio rehearsals and occasionally conducts concerts that feature the orchestra’s official chorus.

Jarrett will prepare the Oratorio Singers for Brahms’ German Requiem, which music director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct Nov. 14-15. Jarrett will also conduct the final KnightSounds concert, “Musical Fireworks: Handel and the Royals,” May 15.

Warren-Green is forming a committee (including three Oratorio singers) to conduct a national search. The CSO hopes to appoint Jarrett’s replacement by the end of the 2014-15 season.

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