Meet the Conductor

Carol Jacobson

Carol Jacobson has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Eureka Symphony for more than a decade.  Teacher and conductor of the Arcata/McKinleyville High School Orchestra and Madrigal Choir for 20 years, she has inspired numerous young people to excel.  She says, “Once you have experienced the magic of exceeding your expectations, your life is never the same again.” The North Coast Journal has referred to Ms. Jacobson as a “force of nature.”

An accomplished cellist, Ms. Jacobson earned her bachelor’s degree at Humboldt State University, with further studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, The Royal Danish Conservatory and the Netherlands Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She was a member of the Netherlands National Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Radio Symphony, the Oslo Opera Orchestra and the Netherlands Strijkers Ensemble.  Last summer she performed with Paula Thomas at the "Petit festival de Loye” in France.

She has worked with many conductors, including, Valerie Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Jaap van Zweden, Sixten Ehrling and Edo deWaart. She was conductor of the Humboldt State University Orchestra and directed the Humboldt Music Academy. She plays in the Resonance Ensemble with Terrie Baune and John Chernoff and is principal cellist in the North State Symphony.

Meet the Symphony

The Eureka Symphony is composed of community members — including teachers, doctors, professors, retirees, students, and more — from across the Humboldt Bay area. Each year we perform a wide range of classical compositions with appeal to all ages. We have been proud to premiere several works in the last few years and are delighted to welcome acclaimed guest soloists to join our concerts. We present at least one choral work and sometimes a theatrically narrated selection during our season.

Violin I

Terrie Baune, Concertmaster

Karen Davy

Mary De Andreis

Olivia Gerving

Erika Guevara

Mary Jerland

Terry Kramer

Karen Larkin

Gwendolyn Post

Cynthia Quinsey

Graham Russell

Mardi Siekmann

Lee Smith


Holly MacDonell, Principal

Lori Anderson

Maggie Czajka

Julie Fulkerson

Laura Goff

Vanessa Kibbe

Kathleen Lee

Ken Love

John Nelson

Vee Sorenson

Thomas Starkey-Owens

Genevieve Trimarco

Bethany Wells

Jennifer Yu


Sherry McHurd Hanson, Principal

Susan Fowle

Janet Futrell

Don Morris

Kit Morris

Penny Sohrakoff

Linn Van Meter


Garrick Woods, Principal

Jesse Alm

Kathy Blume

Sue Kent-Stuard

Zephir Lennox

Mie Matsumoto

Emily Morris

Cassie Moulton


Bear Winkle, Principal

William Andrews

Marsha Lang

Patricia McHaney


Jill Petricca, Principal

Angela Petricca


Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Principal

Heather Dial

Alia Issa


Ellen Weiss, Principal

Michael Kibbe

Susan Sisk


Ronite Gluck, Principal

Don Bicknell

Anwyn Halliday

Matthew Morgan


Aaron Lopez, Principal

Danny Gaon


Michael Kibbe


Chris Cox, Principal

Tom Hyde

John Petricca


Toshi Noguchi, Principal

Dick LaForge

Phil Sams


Fred Tempas, Principal


Kevin Amos

Emma Franzen

Anthony Gordon

Sam Kaplan-Good

Wes Singleton


Neil Bost, Principal


John Chernoff


Candace Livolsi

Eureka Symphony Chorus Auditions!

Come perform Handel’s beloved masterpiece, Messiah during the symphony's Winter Concert

Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27 from 3pm to 7pm
Christ Episcopal Church - 625 15th St, Eureka

Please contact Vanessa Kibbe, Personnel Manager for Eureka Symphony at for further information and/or to schedule an audition.

When you arrive please be prepared to perform these chorus audition requirements:

1. Sing a major triad on any given pitch that is played for you (on the piano, usually 5
or 6 different pitches)
2. Sing a minor triad on any given pitch that is played for you
3. Sing a whole step up or down as requested on any given pitch
4. Sing a half step up or down as requested on any given pitch
5. Sing back a combination of 6 pitches that will be played for you (tonal memory)
6. Sight sing two short passages provided for you
7. Sing any solo piece of your choice that you feel shows your voice to its advantage


Meet the Chorus

The Eureka Symphony Chorus was established in September 2015 and made its debut performance with Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria at the holiday concert on December 4 and 5, 2015.

Chorus membership requires a commitment of approximately six to twelve weeks for participants for preparation and performances for each concert. Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and subsequently with the orchestra at the Eureka High School and the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.


Andrea Armin
Laura Arrington
Carolyn Ayres
Susan Bicknell
Jessica Bittner
Amy Brom
Karen Currier
Natasha Czajka
Delores Freitas
Isabella Orasch
Katri Pitts
Fiona Ryder-Gadd
Jenna Rydz
Polly Savoie


Jeanne Albertson
Claire Bent
Cathy Enis
Peggy Grossman
Debby Harrision
Leslie Kieg
Karolyn Merz
Carrie O'Neil
Diane Renner-Noyes
Kathy Schmidt
Nancy Streufert
Teresa Walker
Dianne Zuleger


James Gadd
Paul Gossard
Rich Macey
Silvia Mazzone-Clemanti
David Powell
Miles Raymer
Laura Rose
Dan Scofield
David Simms
Bert Taylor


Lou Agliolo
Antoine Bouchet
Jon Clower
Steve Cole
William Frazee
Thomas Hardy
Peter McArdle
Larry Pitts

News & Updates

Contact Us


Office (707) 798-6139
Tickets (707) 845-8655


P.O. Box 776
Bayside, CA 95524