David Jacobs is currently the Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon and conducts the UO Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Camerata and leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting.
David began his career as an orchestral musician and performed with many widely respected orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, and Sarasota Opera. During his seven years performing as an orchestral musician, David developed a passion for conducting, and in 2007, he attended the Eastman School of Music to study it seriously. There, he was the recipient of several prizes, including the prestigious Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study and the Walter Hagen prize for excellence in conducting. While at Eastman, David conducted virtually every major ensemble and his passion for working with music students grew. After earning is D.M.A., David embraced academic life and accepted a faculty position at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he led the PBA Symphony for three years prior to moving to Oregon. He is a frequent guest conductor with other fine university orchestras including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, University of British Columbia, Baylor University, CSU- Long Beach, Northern Arizona University, and Duquesne University. He has also authored several articles on conducting and interpretation and has given lectures and master classes to worldwide audiences. His areas of expertise are conducting pedagogy, music semiology, Russian symphonic music, and musical hermeneutics.
In addition to his academic output, David has guest conducted professional orchestras on three continents, including the Palm Beach Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Pazardjik (Bulgaria) Symphony, St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfònica EAFIT in Colombia.
David is 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 conductor/instrumental performer on “We Proclaim,” a collection of worship music released by the Ekklesia label in 2011.
David is married and has two children (ages 10 and 8). His family enjoys living on small acreage in the Mohawk Valley where they dabble in homesteading – raising chickens and organic gardening.