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Jeff Jacobsen

Jeffrey R. Jacobsen, DME
Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Jacobsen is a sought-after conductor and clinician who has been invited to lead orchestras at national and international music festivals and camps. The recipient of the Outstanding Orchestra Conductor Award for 2013 from the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, he currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra and for two years was Conductor of the Binghamton (NY) Community Orchestra. He has conducted numerous All-District, All-Region, and All-State Honor Orchestras in the United States and Canada as well as professional orchestras in Europe. Dr. Jacobsen served for five seasons as the Conductor of the Orchestra of the Pines in Nacogdoches/Lufkin, Texas and Director of Orchestral Activities and Opera at Stephen F. Austin State University. He founded and served as Conductor of the Blue Valley Chamber Orchestra, a regional orchestra in the Kansas City area. Jacobsen was affiliated with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, initially as the Conductor of the Symphonette and later as Conductor of the Philharmonic East Orchestra. He taught in the public schools of Boulder, Colorado, Overland Park, Kansas, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dr. Jacobsen’s ensembles have performed at state music conventions, and national and international music festivals. These same ensembles consistently earned highest ratings at competitive festivals and, at several, Jacobsen was named outstanding director. He received the Mary Taylor Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Boulder High School and was featured twice on the KCNC-TV’s “Teachers Who Make a Difference” series. Jacobsen was the Boulder Valley School nominee for the Sallie Mae National Teachers Award, received the Teacher Recognition Award from the University of Kansas, and was named the Outstanding High School Orchestra Director for the Northeast District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Dr. Jacobsen received a Master of Science degree in music education with a secondary emphasis in performance from the University of North Dakota and a Doctorate of Music Education degree with a secondary emphasis in jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. Jacobsen was selected for the American Symphony Orchestra League Donald Thulean conducting workshop with the Detroit Civic Orchestra. He was invited to the International Conducting Workshop in the Czech Republic and has taken post-doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the universities of Iowa, Illinois State and South Carolina. His instructors include William LaRue Jones, Kirk Trevor, Mariusz Smolij, Kirk Muspratt, Tsung Yeh, and Marvin Rabin.

As a professional musician, Dr. Jacobsen has served as principal bassist of numerous ensembles as well as opera companies and symphony orchestras. Jacobsen was most recently Principal Bassist of Millennium Orchestra and a recording artist for Naxos and ERM. He has performed in jazz clubs across the United States as well as overseas, and, along with other members of the ensemble, received a Grammy Award nomination for the jazz recording “Hot IV.”

Jeffrey Richard Jacobsen, DME
Selected Repertoire

Barber
Adagio for Strings
Canzonetta
First Essay

Beethoven
Contradances
Overtures
Piano Concerti
Symphonies 1 – 8

Berlioz
Roman Carnival Overture
Symphonie Fantastique

Bizet
Carmen
Carmen Suite No. 2
L’Arlesienne Suites

Brahms
Academic Festival Overture
Hungarian Dances
Requiem
Symphonies
Tragic Overture
Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Copland
An Outdoor Overture
Appalachian Spring
Down A Country Lane
El Salon Mexico
Fanfare for the Common Man
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Music for the Theatre
Quiet City

Creston
Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra
Night in Mexico

Delius
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Summer Night on the River

Donizetti
L’Elisir D’Amore

Dvorak
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1, 4, 7, 8
Symphony No. 8
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53

Dukas
Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Elgar
Enigma Variations
Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Serenade Lyrique in E minor, Op. 20

Fauré
Elegie
Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Op. 80
Requiem

Finzi
Eclogue
Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice

Gliere
The Red Poppy Ballet Suite

Glinka
Russlan & Ludmilla Overture

Gounod
Funeral March of a Marionette

Grieg
Elegiac Melodies
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Sigurd Jorsalfar

Grondhal
Concerto for Trombone

Handel
Concerto Grosso in F
Fireworks
Messiah
Terpsicore Ballet Suite
Water Music

Hanson
Symphony No. 2 (Romantic)

Haydn
‘Cello Concerto in C Major
The Creation
Piano Concerto in D Major
Symphonies 45, 47, 85 (La Riene), 94 (Surprise), 99, 100 (Military), 104 (London)
Trumpet Concerto in Eb

Holst
Brook Green Suite
Planets
Saint Paul’s Suite

Hovhaness
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints

Janacek
Idyll for Strings
Suite for String Orchestra
Taras Bulba

Kalinnikov
Symphony No. 1

Khatchaturian
Gayne Ballet Suite No. 3

Kreisler
Praeludium and Allegro

Larsen
Symphony: Water Music

Lehar
Merry Widow Prelude

Liszt
Mephisto Waltz
Racokzy March

Mahler
Symphony No. 1

Menotti
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Mendelssohn
The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sinfonias 2, 9, 12
Symphonies 3, 4, 5

Moulds
Leyendas Misticas: Egloga (World Premiere)

Mozart
Concerto for Flute, No. 1, 2
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Concerto for Violin, No. 2
Concerto for Piano, No. 17, 21
Cosi fan tutte
Divertimenti (K.136, 137,138)
Magic Flute
Marriage of Figaro
Serenade No. 9 (“Posthorn”)
Serenade in Four Movements
Symphonies 7, 10, 15, 25, 29, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41

Nicolai
Merry Wives of Windsor

Offenbach
Ballet Parisien
La Perichole
Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Parker
Joyeuse

Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf
Piano Concerto No. 1, 3
Symphony No. 1 (Classical)

Rachmaninov
Piano Concertos 2, 3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rimsky-Korsakov
Cappricio Espagnol
Christmas Eve Suite
Russian Easter Overture

Rosauro
Marimba Concerto No. 1

Rossini
Overtures

Saint-Saëns
Carnival of the Animals
Danse Macabre
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
Marche Militaire Francaise
Piano Concerto No. 2
Violin Concerto No. 3

Schubert
Mass in Bb
Rosamunde Ballet Music
Symphony No. 8

Shostakovich
Festive Overture, Op. 96
Symphony No. 5

Sibelius
Finlandia
Valse Triste

Smetana
Moldau
Three Dances from the Bartered Bride

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Die Fledermaus

Stravinsky
Firebird Suite
L’Histoire du Soldat
Octet for Winds

von Suppe
Light Cavalry Overture
Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna

Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture
Capriccio Italien
Marche Slave
Nutcracker Suites No. 1 & 2
Pezzo Cappriciosso
Piano Concerto No. 1
Sleeping Beauty Suite
Serenade in C Major
Symphonies No. 4, 5, 6
Variations on a Rococo Theme

Verdi
Falstaff
La traviata
La Forza del Destino Overture
Nabucco Overture
Requiem

Vivaldi
Four Seasons
Gloria
Magnificat

Wagner
Die Meistersinger Overture
Rienzi Overture
Siegfried Idyll.

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