Hello UO Symphony! I want to introduce myself to you as your new conductor, Dr. David Jacobs. I am thrilled to be joining the faculty at UO and look forward to making unforgettable musical memories with you in the coming years. I’m sure that after a year of guest conductors, you are ready for a stable set of routines and expectations, but even so, there is always a bit of trepidation over the unknown. More than anything, I want to assure you that we are going to have a GREAT time! Playing in your university symphony should be one of the most significant activities of your musical life. The repertoire is undisputed in its excellence and the sheer emotional power of the sonority is perhaps unmatched by any other musical endeavor. Therefore, we have a great responsibility and privilege to pursue the highest artistry, refinement, and fulfillment in our music making.
I promise to encourage and help you cultivate the highest expectations for yourself in both preparation and performance. It is my sincerest hope however, that this motivation for artistic excellence come not from the top down, but rather be intrinsic – shining through every individual and section as you demand beauty from yourself and your colleagues. Do not practice in order to please, but rather to fulfill the music’s goal, create something valuable, and to enjoy your art. Not only does this model provide the quickest way to success (both personally and collectively), it is in my estimation the only way to have a singular and powerful expression communicated to our audience.
I have never blogged before, and do not have any specific goals for this platform other than using it as a way of communicating and sharing. I may post rehearsal schedules, seating assignments, youtube videos I find particularly inspiring, or links to various musical resources. I’m not sure exactly what it will end up being, but perhaps it might even be a way for us to get to know each other as we share thoughts about music and the orchestra.
Again, I really can’t wait for our first rehearsal, and for our continuing work together:)