As the first person to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Pickett works in a variety of settings as a performing artist. She is equally at home in both written and oral traditions of musical performance as a symphony musician, chamber musician (including “new” music), jazz musician, and educator. She has a Master of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance from the Yale University School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance, magna cum laude, from West Virginia University. Her principal teachers were jazz artist Richard Davis, New York Philharmonic bassist Homer Mensch and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra Principal Bassist, Jeffrey Mangone. Her doctorial dissertation on the music of John Elwood Price remains the most comprehensive resource on this noted American composer.
Additionaly, she is the principal bassist of the Columbus, Georgia, Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her position with the CSO, she played as a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra. During the summer months from 1982-1997, she played with the Mineria Symphony in Mexico City. Through her association with the Mineria Symphony, she studied with Berlin Philharmonic Principal Bassist, Klaus Stoll.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Pickett has performed and recorded with the Ritz Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nashville), Pauline Oliveros’ New Circle Five, and Terry Riley’s Khayal. Both Oliveros and Riley met her through her work with, Thamyris, Atlanta’s internationally renowned contemporary music ensemble, and after hearing her in concert, invited her to work with them. She has given solo double bass lecture-recitals in Johannesburg, South Africa and universities throughout the United States. She continues to present solo double bass lecture-recitals on current social issues.
Dr. Pickett serves as a Music Specialist for the Atlanta Public Schools and is a member of the American String Teachers Association. She is the founder of the TORCH Academy (Together Orchestras Revitalize Community Harmony), a program designed to empower young people to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in their communities by developing their skills and talents: www.torchacademy.org