The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University is excited to welcome Andrew Jacobson to the music faculty as the new oboe professor, starting this fall.
Jacobson has performed with several fine orchestras and organizations, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society (both of Washington, D.C.), and the Richmond Symphony (Virginia), and has been involved with numerous masterclasses across the country. He currently performs with the Colorado Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, and the Wyoming Symphony.
He studied with Rebecca Henderson at the University of Texas-Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and with Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his M.M. in Oboe Performance and Literature. He is currently pursuing his D.A. in Oboe Performance at the University of Northern Colorado.
To date, the school has had one professor teaching both bassoon and oboe – a difficult task within an area experiencing a lot of growth, especially over the last decade.
“Andrew’s arrival will allow our current professor of double reeds, Dr. Gary Moody, to focus on bassoon, after many years of yeoman-like service to the department teaching oboe as well,” explained Paul Metz, interim director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Jacobson’s arrival is a welcome addition for the woodwind faculty.
“After 26 years of teaching both oboe and bassoon at CSU, I am happy to share the duties and have the opportunity to focus on bassoon students,” Moody said. “Andrew’s presence will give woodwind students an additional resource, as well as make it possible for faculty ensembles to perform literature that calls for both oboe and bassoon at the same time.“
In addition to teaching duties, Jacobson will tag-team the administration of the OboeRAMa and BassoonaRAMa workshops with Moody. The unique events, offered alternating falls since 2006, bring guest artists to campus, and activities include lectures, masterclasses, a Double Reed Band, and a closing recital with guest instrumentalists from across Colorado. Look for Jacobson on CSU’s Virtuoso Concert Series when he gives a solo recital on April 18, 2016.
Jacobson relocated to Northern Colorado four years ago, and has embraced the regional performing and private teaching opportunities; last summer, he joined the CSU Faculty Chamber Winds on their European Tour.
“I am honored to join the fantastic faculty at CSU’s fine music school, and look forward to continuing the development of the oboe studio, both in musical excellence and as a supportive student community,” said Jacobson. “Let’s make some reeds!”