Inspired by a vision of music as a tool for healing and expressing identity, violist Jack Mobley curates interdisciplinary performances that inspire people to hear art and see music in new ways.
Currently studying at New England Conservatory with Cathy Basrak, Jack finished undergraduate degrees in Art History and Music at the University of Michigan. He has appeared in performances at Tanglewood, Spoleto and Aspen Music festivals. Motivated by a desire to experience contrasting artistic perspectives, he spent a semester studying the solo works of Bach with violist Pierre-Henri Xuereb at the Paris Conservatoire. Living in Paris during the 2015 terror attacks, he co-organized a performance comprised of exchange students from around the world which emphasized a peaceful and unified musical response to the tragedy.
After returning from Paris, he began performing as a regular substitute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of this experience was a three-week marathon of Brahms' entire symphonic repertoire and the release of Brahms’ symphonies on the Detroit Symphony’s record label.
One of the most meaningful concerts he has participated in was a performance of Mozart's Requiem as a tribute to victims of the Orlando Massacre. Playing to a packed auditorium of 3,900 and joined by 50 instrumentalists and more than 135 singers, he recalls, “There was a moment in the performance where I almost had to put my instrument down. I glanced around the orchestra and realized that everyone was in tears. This was when I began to gain a deep understanding of the potential for music to foster reflection, healing and hopefulness.”
Jack embraces this amalgam of musical experiences, allowing them to shape his artistic and professional aspirations. At NEC, he is the co-founder of the Queer Student Union, Q.U.E.S.T. and is a currently a fellow with the chamber ensemble, A Far Cry. He is exploring different methods of utilizing visual art and its ability to interact with music by creating performance experiences rooted in empathy and audience-engagement. This is seen in his recent work with curator David Guerra in the Boston-based A R E A Gallery, where he is tasked with using music to imbue artworks with presence and using art to provoke new modes of listening.