Making Musical History

How one software start-up went global--and lived to tell the tale, bumps and all

In uptown Manhattan during rehearsals for Pan Asian Rep's Cambodia Agonistes, conductor and composer Jack Jarrett, 71, taps a key on his laptop to tweak the tempo for the dancers. Looking bohemian in a black turtleneck and wire-rimmed specs, Jarrett's doing his musical director thing. Back home in Greensboro, N.C., he's got another job--as vice president of R&D for software start-up VirtuosoWorks, Inc.

His off-Broadway gig will mark the first theatrical run of NOTION, the music notation and playback program that his company introduced in April 2005.

How Jarrett, daughter Lori Jarrett (the company's CEO) and son-in-law Ram Sethuraman (director of...

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