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Dr. David Jacobs began his career as an orchestral musician in 2000 and for seven seasons he played regularly with the Sarasota Orchestra as well as the renowned Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra. He also was a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra for three years and appeared regularly with the Southwest Florida Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and New World Symphony.
In 2007, he began training as a conductor at the Eastman School of Music. There, he was the recipient of several conducting prizes, including the prestigious Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study and the Walter Hagen prize for excellence in conducting. Throughout his residency, he conducted performances with almost every major ensemble including the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Graduate Conducting Orchestra, New Eastman Orchestra, and Ossia, the school's student run contemporary sinfonietta.
Currently, Dr. Jacobs is the Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon where he conducts the symphony orchestra and teaches courses in conducting. Prior to that appointment, he was the Music Director of the PBA Symphony at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he brought that orchestra to a heightened level of notoriety throughout the South Florida classical community. In addition to his posts with academic orchestras, Dr. Jacobs has also conducted several professional orchestras, here and abroad. In 2011, he earned one of seven coveted conducting fellowships at the Cabrillo New Music Festival where he worked with Marin Alsop. He also conducted the Richmond (VA) Symphony in workshop working with Joann Falleta and Gustav Meier. In 2010, he made his debut performance with the Palm Beach Symphony, sharing the podium with renowned conductor and concert pianist, Philippe Entremont, and conducted Tchaikovsky's Symphony #5 with the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony. In 2009, he was featured on local television conducting Beethoven in an open rehearsal with the Rochester Philharmonic during their annual Summer Institute.
Despite his young age, Dr. Jacobs has already been credited on three commercially available albums. He served as Assistant Conductor for "Manhattan Music," a collaboration between the Canadian Brass and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, which was released in 2008 on the Opening Day label; Conductor for "Let Others Name You," an eclectic fusion of contemporary orchestral music with Balinese Gamelan performed by the Ossia Chamber Orchestra on the New World Record label, released in the Fall of 2009; and music director of brass and trumpet performer on "We Proclaim," a collection of worship music released by the Ekklesia label in 2011.
Dr. Jacobs has studied conducting with Mark Scatterday, Neil Varon, JoAnn Falletta, Gustav Meier, and Marin Alsop.