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.
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 Temporary Resonance Ensemble with Terrie Baune and John Chernoff and is principal cellist in the North State Symphony.