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 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

Violin I

Terrie Baune, Concertmaster
Sponsored by Stephanie Perrett

Karen Davy, Associate Concertmaster

Lori Anderson

Maggie Czajka

Mary De Andreis

Vanessa Kibbe

Marilyn Page

Gwendolyn Post

Graham Russell

VIOLIN II

Reid Blickenstaff, Principal
Sponsored by Cliff Moon

Angela Galiotto

Laura Goff

Kathleen Lee

Emma Marquez

Mary Meza

John Nelson

Aurora Pitts

Verona Sorenson

Thomas Starkey-Owens

VIOLA

Holly MacDonell, Principal
Sponsored by Margaret Ann Augustine

Susan Fowle

Sherry Hanson

Rachel Huang

Don Morris

Kit Morris

Katie Swisher

CELLO

Garrick Woods, Principal
Sponsored by Julie Fulkerson

Jesse Alm

Mark Creaghe

Katy Hartridge

Mie Matsumoto

Emily Morris

Elizabeth Morrison

BASS

Dario Olachea, Principal
Sponsored by Karole Ely & Alexandra Stillman

William Andrews

Patricia McHaney

Bear Winkle (on leave)

FLUTE

Jill Petricca, Principal
Sponsored by Carol Scher

Angela Petricca

Kearney Vandersal

CLARINET

Gwen Gastineau-Ayoob, Principal
Sponsored by William Greenwood, in memory of John Morrison

Heather Dial

OBOE

Ellen Weiss, Principal
Sponsored by John & Nancy Van Speybroeck

Susan Sisk

HORN

Michael Robertson, Principal
Sponsored by Pamela Ford Cavanagh

Ronite Gluck, Principal (on leave)

Donald Bicknell

Anwyn Halliday

Matthew Morgan

BASSOON

Aaron Lopez, Principal
Sponsored by Mary Ann & Peter Bansen

Danny Gaon

TRUMPET

Chris Cox, Principal
Sponsored by James W. West

Adam Keele

John Petricca

ENGLISH HORN

Michael Kibbe

TROMBONE

George Epperson, Principal
Sponsored by Stephen Sottong

Phil Sams

Richard LaForge

TUBA

Fred Tempas, Principal
Sponsored by Barbara Madaras

PERCUSSION

Michael (MJ) Fabian, Principal
Sponsored by Milton J. Boyd

Courtney Abajian

KEYBOARD

John Chernoff

HARP

Candace Livolsi

Jessica Schaeffer

MUSIC LIBRARIAN

Michael Kibbe

PERSONNEL MANAGER

Vanessa Kibbe

REHEARSAL TECH

Paul Swietek

TICKET OFFICER

Silvia Mazzone-Clementi

Symphony Chorus!

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 vkibbe@gmail.com.

Chorus 1

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.

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Contact Us

Phone

Office
(707) 798-6139

Tickets
(707) 845-3655

Address

P.O. Box 776
Bayside, CA 95524

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