MU orchestra director honored by state association

MANSFIELD – Jeffrey Jacobsen, conductor of the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Orchestra Director by the Pennsylvania Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA).

In his letter to Jacobsen informing him of the honor, PADESTA President-elect Joseph Brennan offered several quotes from his nominators.

They included, “He has breathed new life into a symphony orchestra that was struggling to maintain members and has built up the string program Dr. Jacobsen is much more than just a professor; he is a mentor, friend and counselor. He has impacted numerous students since coming to Mansfield and gives freely of his time, advice and knowledge Through my experience in Orchestra and the String Project with Dr. Jacobsen, I have found confidence in myself as a future music educator If there has even been a man whose name deserves immortality in the form of the marble above an amphitheater, it is this man an outstanding teacher.”

Jacobsen is assistant professor of music education/string specialist at MU. In addition to conducting the MU Symphony Orchestra, he serves as artistic director and conductor of the Binghamton Community Orchestra.

Jacobsen has conducted numerous All-State and All-Region Honor Orchestras as well as professional orchestras in Europe.

He served as the music director of the Orchestra of the Pines and director of Orchestral Activities and Opera at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jacobsen founded the Blue Valley Chamber Orchestra and was a conductor for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. He taught in the public schools of Kansas, Colorado and Virginia. 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 and was twice profiled on KCNC-TV’s “Teachers Who Make a Difference.” Jacobsen received the Teacher Recognition Award from the University of Kansas, and was named the Outstanding Orchestra Director for the Kansas Music Educators Association. He is listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in America.

Jacobsen earned his master’s degree at the University of North Dakota and his doctorate degree at the University of Northern Colorado.

Post-doctoral studies in conducting were taken at several universities as well as in Europe.

As a professional musician, Jacobsen has served as principal bassist for numerous orchestral ensembles as well as performing in jazz clubs across the nation. He received a Grammy nomination for his work on the jazz recording Hot IV.

Jacobsen formally received the award at the PADESTA luncheon and annual meeting in Erie on in April.