Jerry Kracht (b.1941) is emeritus professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where he conducted the University Symphony Orchestra and taught clarinet for thirty-three years, and was also a founding member of the Camas Wind Quintet and the Regency Concert Series there. In addition, he served for twenty-five years as artistic director and clarinetist of the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma. Since retiring from those positions in 2001 and 2007, respectively, he has concentrated on composing and arranging, with original works for band, orchestra, choir, and various chamber ensembles now to his credit, along with numerous chamber ensemble arrangements and transcriptions.
His works have been performed at Pacific Lutheran University, Second City Chamber Series, the Methow Music Festival, the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, Reformation 500 Festivals in Washington and Oregon, the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Conference at Sonoma State University, CA, and over Classical KING-FM 98.1, Seattle. Originally from Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned bachelor of music and master of arts degrees in clarinet performance and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting. His teachers there included Thomas Ayers (clarinet) and James Dixon (conducting). He now resides in Sammamish, Washington.