Dr. Marin Jacobson is Music Department Chair and Associate Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Concordia University Irvine where she conducts the Concordia Men’s Chorus and Donne di Canto and teaches choral methods, music history, diction, aural skills, and voice. She has conducted all four Concordia choirs, the Grinnell College Community Chorus, the University of Iowa Kantorei, and the University of Iowa Women’s Chorale. Choirs under her direction have toured the western United States and Austria, performing in the esteemed Stephansdom in Vienna and the Salzburg Mozarteum. She hosts three annual educational outreach events, the Collegiate Women’s Choir Festival, the Invitational High School Women’s Chorus Festival and the Elementary/Middle Lutheran Schools Choral Festival. She brings a wealth of experience in collegiate, church, community, school, and studio settings to her work at Concordia. Beyond the university, she leads choral clinics for high school and middle school choirs and conducts and adjudicates choral festivals.
As musical director and conductor of the Ames Chamber Artists, an auditioned adult community choir, Dr. Jacobson commissioned and premiered a new work each year and initiated a series of collaborative concerts with the Central Iowa Symphony, the Ames Children’s Choirs, and several area high schools. Dr. Jacobson has also served as a Lutheran church musician for over twenty years, providing worship leadership as an organist, pianist, and conductor of choral and handbell ensembles for children and adults. She also served as founding conductor of the Mankato Children’s Chorus, a community chorus in Mankato, Minnesota. Mentoring students who are preparing to serve as church musicians, teachers, and performers is one of her greatest joys.
Dr. Jacobson earned the DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa, a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Vocal Music Education magna cum laude from St. Olaf College. She studied conducting with Timothy Stalter, Kenneth Jennings, and Robert Scholz. Jacobson’s professional activities include scholarship, performance, and composition. Her article “Text and Musical Gesture in the Choral Music of Rebecca Clarke” was featured in the April 2016 issue of the Choral Journal, the peer-adjudicated publication of the American Choral Director’s Association. In 2012, she presented research about the choral music of Margaret Ruthven Lang at the National Symposium on American Choral Music in Washington, DC. Jacobson has also performed numerous choral-orchestral works with the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony. Active as a composer, Jacobson has premiered several compositions with the Concordia University choirs.
Dr. Jacobson is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and has served as regional vice president for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.