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 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.
Terrie Baune, Concertmaster
Mary De Andreis
Holly MacDonell, Principal
Sherry McHurd Hanson, Principal
Linn Van Meter
Garrick Woods, Principal
Bear Winkle, Principal
Jill Petricca, Principal
Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Principal
Ellen Weiss, Principal
Ronite Gluck, Principal
Aaron Lopez, Principal
Chris Cox, Principal
Toshi Noguchi, Principal
Fred Tempas, Principal
Neil Bost, Principal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.