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Jackie Pickett hails from Pennsylvania. She began her career as a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra. She is Principal Bassist of the Columbus, Georgia Symphony Orchestra and LaGrange Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Pickett serves as Principal Bass of the Colour of Music International Black Classical Musicians Festival. She is an Artist Affiliate at Agnes Scott College. The American double-bassist obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from West Virginia University; her Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music; and her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her musical abilities cover a wide range of performance genres from album credits with Hip-Hop Artist Monica (The Makings of Me, 2006) to Classical recordings with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Conversations in Silence, 2008). Pickett was bassist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nashville) and Atlanta contemporary Ensemble Thamyris. Both ensembles recorded and commissioned numerous new works by composers such as Michael Torke, Tania Leon, Trey Anastasio, Alvin Singleton, Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros.