The WFMT Radio Network
Seth Boustead, Host
Seth Boustead is a Chicago-based composer, radio host, arts manager and writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public. He received his Master of Music Composition degree from the Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2002 and has gone on to forge a unique and highly personal musical identity through a prolific outpouring of works in every conceivable genre. His music is regularly performed across the United States and in Europe and has been heard on radio and television stations in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Paris among others, and his orchestra piece This Point Forward was a finalist for the American Prize in 2012.
Seth is the founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, an organization that exists to present classical music as a living tradition by performing new works in innovative ways for new audiences, providing community-based education, and collaborating with composers from around the world. After nine years of his leadership, ACM has grown to have the nationís third largest composer member program. Chicagoís ACM School of Music offers lessons to just over 200 students in three locations and dozens of high school students have benefited from summer workshops and classes. ACM has commissioned over a hundred new works from composers around the world and its resident ensemble Palomar, has performed consistently innovative programs to capacity crowds in Chicago and beyond.
Jesse McQuarters, Producer
Jesse McQuarters came to work for WFMT after graduating from Indiana University, where he earned degrees in double bass performance and audio engineering. Since moving to Chicago, he has worked extensively as a radio producer, bassist, teacher, and recording engineer.
Jesse's credits as a producer include Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Lang Lang, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Northwestern University, Gabriela Montero, and James Conlon.
He is currently the Associate Producer for Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, and has also contributed production work to broadcasts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Choral Arts Society of Lincoln Center.
As a bassist, Jesse has had the opportunity to play extensively in and around Chicago, at venues such as Orchestra Hall, the Green Mill, the Athenaeum Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, and countless others.
His articles have been published in the Journal of the International Society of Bassists, and he is on the double bass faculty of the Colorado Suzuki Institute and the Music Institute of Chicago.