Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning music educator, composer, percussionist, hip hop artist, and community organizer from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself how to use a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at age 12, and a decade later earned his B.M.E. and M.A.T. in Music Education at the University of Louisville. As an educator he has taught music to more than 150,000 students around the world, all-ages, in public schools, community centers, colleges, universities, and beyond. As a performer he has played festival lineups such as Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland and Forecastle Festival, education concerts at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, as well as stages with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He was the first hip hop artist to perform with his city’s Louisville Orchestra, including a 4th of July celebration with over 40,000 attendees, and world premieres of The Way Forth, a folk opera by Rachel Grimes, and The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, a rap opera where he starred as his hometown hero and performed with Rhiannon Giddens and Jubilant Sykes. Arthur is currently the Music Education Manager for 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the IMAN Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, and serves as the Executive Director for Athiri, a nonprofit he founded to better communities through social justice art. Follow 1200 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC

 
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