- John Truitt in Meet Me In St. Louis with The Yardley Players
- 2nd Place at the NATS Artist Award Northwest Regional Finals
- Winner of the NATS Artist Award Washington State District Competition
- CoOPERAtive French Mélodie Festival
In the 2013-2014 season, Jacob will be performing Louise in Gustav’s Holst’s rarely performed opera The Wandering Scholar with Poor Richard’s Opera, John Truitt in Meet Me In St. Louis with the Yardley Players as well as Wagner in Faust with Opera Modo. He was recently awarded 2nd place in the 2014 NATS Artist Award Northwest Regional Competition after winning 1st place at the NATSAA Washington State district level.
In the 2012-2013 season, Jacob performed the title role of Don Giovanni as well as covered the role of Schaunard in La Bohème with The CoOPERAtive Program. He spent the summer with Ash Lawn Opera where he covered Alcindoro and Benoit in La Bohème and covered Starkeeper and Dr. Seldon in Carousel. Other appearances include Betto in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Modo and Mr. Kofner in The Consul with The Philadelphia Opera Collective as part of Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival.
In the 2011-2012 season, Jacob spent the summer with Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist where he covered the role of Zaretsky in DMMO’s production of Eugene Onegin and performed in selected scenes including the title role of Billy Budd, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music. He also performed in the chorus of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Productions of Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, and La Rondine. He also performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Melisso in Alcina with Westminster Opera Theater.
Past performances and selections have included the title role of Eugene Onegin with Opera Slavica, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Westminster Opera Theatre and sang in the Princeton Festival’s production of The Rake’s Progress as chorus and soloist. Jacob had the privilege of singing Masetto in an excerpt from Don Giovanni with the world renowned soprano, Sharon Sweet as well as other members of the Westminster Choir College faculty in the Sweet and Friends recital. Other concert performances include excerpts of La Bohème as Marcello and the title role of Rigoletto, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role of Don Giovanni, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Riccardo in I Puritani and many more. Musical theater credits include Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress and Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls.
Though Jacob’s most recent award was Second Prize at the 2014 NATS Artist Award Northwest Regional Competition, he has received other awards and accolades including the first annual Dalton Baldwin Art Song Prize for his performance of selections from Before and After Summer by Gerald Finzi in the Westminster Choir College Art Song Festival. In 2009 he received the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Vancouver B.C. district. He was the First Runner-Up in the NATS Artist Award Competition Northwest Region in 2010 as well as the First Place Winner of the NATS Artist Award Washington District that same year. He also placed 1st in both the Classical and Musical Theater competitions at the Tahoma NATS Chapter in 2009 and 2010.
Jacob has attended many Young Artist Programs including Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist, Ash Lawn Opera as an Apprentice Singer, two summers as a Fellow in the CoOPERAtive program, Westminster Choir College Florence Voice Seminar and University of Miami in Salzburg.
Jacob is from Olympia, WA. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Guitar Performance and Voice Performance from Saint Martin’s University. He is currently the Curriculum and Program Development Advisor at Cornerstone Music Studios in Millstone, NJ.