Meet the Conductor
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 is currently studying conducting with Scott Seaton. 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.
EUREKA SYMPHONY PERSONNEL
Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor
Sponsored by Pamela Ford Cavanagh & James W. West
Terrie Baune, Concertmaster,
Sponsored by the Perrett Family Fund
Karen Davy, Associate Concertmaster
Mary De Andreis
Lori Anderson, Principal
Sponsored by Cliff Moon
Holly MacDonell, Principal
Sponsored by Margaret Ann Augustine
Garrick Woods, Principal
Sponsored by the Aldinger
family in memory of cellist David Aldinger
Bear Winkle, Principal
Sponsored by Karole Ely & Alex Stillman
Jill Petricca, Principal
Sponsored by Carol & Les Scher
Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Principal
Sponsored by William Greenwood
Ellen Weiss, Principal
Sponsored by John & Nancy Van Speybroeck
Ronite Gluck, Principal
Sponsored by Pamela Ford Cavanagh
Aaron Lopez, Principal
Sponsored by Peter & Mary Anne Bansen
Chris Cox, Principal
Sponsored by James W. West
George Epperson, Principal
Sponsored by Stephen Sottong
Fred Tempas, Principal
Sponsored by Barbara Madaras
Neil Bost, Principal
Sponsored by Milton J. Boyd
If you ever dreamed about being on stage and singing in a world-class symphony chorus then it's time to make your dreams come true!
To learn more or to schedule an audition please reach out to Vanessa Kibbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditionees should be prepared to...
- Sing a major triad on any given pitch that is played for you (on the piano, usually 5 or 6 different pitches)
- Sing a minor triad on any given pitch that is played for you; sing a whole step up or down as requested on any given pitch
- Sing a half step up or down as requested on any given pitch
- Sing back a combination of 6 pitches that will be played for you (tonal memory)
- Sight sing two short passages provided for you
- And sing any solo piece of choice that shows the auditionee’s 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.