THE EBONY ECUMENICAL ENSEMBLE
34th Annual Concert
son of a Baptist minister, was born in New York, New York, where at the age of eight he began playing the piano. More serious study with Dora Zaslavsky commenced at age fifteen and, within one year, Mr. Joubert made his Town Hall debut with full orchestra. After advanced study and raduation from the Manhattan School of Music, with the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, Mr. Joubert began to enjoy wider recognition as a solo pianist. He won the nation-wide piano competition of the National Association of Negro Musicians and success in other competitions resulted in not only performances of concerti with full orchestra, but also participation in master classes offered by such virtuosos as Andre Watts, John Browning, and Eugene Istomin.
Mr. Joubert's accomplishments are wide ranging and his talent has taken him not only across the continent, but also throughout the world. As his reputation for solo and ensemble work grew, Mr. Joubert performed with the Manhattan Symphony, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the New Philharmonia, the West Palm Beach Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony and the Colonial Symphony. As both a solo performer and ensemble player, Mr. Joubert has appeared in New York City's major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. For two seasons, Mr. Joubert served as staff pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Company's revival of Porgy and Bess. In that production, the Company opened featuring Mr. Joubert as pianist "Jasbo Brown." Abroad, he has performed in the International Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and in Nice, France. Mr. Joubert has performed at the Pushkin Museum Of Arts in Moscow, Russia. As an accompanist, critics have hailed Mr. Joubert's "sensitive and supportive" performances as well as the "uncommon tonal beauty" of his playing. He has collaborated with Kathleen Battle, Angela Brown, Florence Quivar, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Harolyn Blackwell, Marvis Martin, Simon Estes, Hilda Harris, William Brown, Morris Robinson and Esther Hinds to name a few. He has performed at the White House with Kathleen Battle for President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin. At that performance Mr. Joubert did his arrangement of "Amazing Grace". Afterwards President Yeltsin requested the sheet music to take back with him. Mr. Joubert has since transcribed this performance and is published with Hinshaw Music.
Mr. Joubert has enjoyed success in musical direction. For five years Mr. Joubert was Musical Director for Judy Collins in connection with which he performed with the London Symphony and many of this nation's symphony orchestras, among them, the orchestra's of Atlanta, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Dayton, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Portland, Oregon. He served as Assistant Musical Director of the Broadway show "Five Guys Named Moe" and was assistant conductor/pianist for the award-winning "Big River". In Kobe, Japan, he was Musical Director for "Harlem Kid Symphony". Mr. Joubert served as Musical Director for the Gala of New York's Shakespeare Festival, in which he worked with Kathleen Battle, Kevin Kline, Wynton Marsalis, Melba Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Ben Vereen, and Christopher Walken.
Mr. Joubert is also a record producer and arranger/orchestrator. He has successfully produced and arranged for Sony Records Tramaine Hawkins CD "To A Higher Place" and"The Promised Land". His other recording collaborations include Ashford and Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Jennifer Holiday, Dione Warwick, Luther Vandross, Patti Austin, Diane Reeves, Wintley Phipps, Florence Quivar, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and The Boy's Choir of Harlem. Mr. Joubert, also, has provided specialized arrangements and orchestrations for "The Music Connection" released by Silver Burdett Ginn.
Mr. Joubert received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his work as orchestrator for the Off- Broadway show "Violet" produced by Playrights Horizons and a Grammy Award nomination along with Buryl Red and the Centurymen as Best Classical Cross-Over Album. Mr. Joubert along with Buryl Red and Michael McElroy have a Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalists for “Joy To The World” from the CD “Great Joy – A Gospel Christmas”. Mr. Joubert was one of the orchestrators for Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Musical “Caroline or Change” and was orchestrator, musical director and pianist for the premiere of “Three Mo’ Divas” at the San Diego Repetory Theatre. Mr. Joubert has recorded Coleridge Taylor- Perkinson’s “Grass” for Piano, Strings and Percussion with Paul Freeman and the Chicago Sinfonietta released on Cedille Records.
Mr. Joubert was featured as conductor/arranger/pianist for the PBS special "Three Mo' Tenors" along with the CD on BMG records. His spiritual arrangements are published by GIA Publications, Mar-Vel Music, Hinshaw Music, Hal Leonard and Silver Burdett Ginn. Best known for his amazing versatility, Mr. Joubert is very comfortable arranging and performing in any style of music from classical to pop, from broadway to gospel, from spiritual to R&B and many of these elements can be found in his arrangements.
Mr. Joubert was the pianist/ associate conductor for the Broadway Show “The Color Purple” and has credits with additional arrangements. He taught Fantasia her musical role as well as Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans. Mr. Joubert was an orchestrator for the film “Nights In Rodanthe” starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Mr. Joubert was keyboardist and assistant conductor of the 2009 Tony Award Show “Billy Elliot”. Mr. Joubert’s first solo piano CD “Total Praise-Classic Hymns For Piano”was released by GIA Music Publishing. This past Broadway season Mr. Joubert orchestrated Alan Menken’s “Leap of Faith” and was Assistant Conductor for ‘Nice Work If You can Get It”. Currently Mr. Joubert is Musical Director and Conductor for Berry Gordy’s “Motown The Musical opening this April 2013.