Conductor, Tenor, and Cellist
Jacobsen Woollen is a conductor, cellist, and tenor residing in Vienna, Austria. Back in his native United States, Jacobsen is often to be found at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he is the Assistant Conductor and has led workshops for newly-commissioned works. The past season included debut appearances with the St. Louis Symphony and the Polska Filharmonia Baltycka in Gdańsk, Poland, as well as an appointment as conductor of Chorus Delicti. In Vienna, Jacobsen is a Post-Graduate conducting student of Prof. Mark Stringer at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. As a member of the Grammy-winning Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Jacobsen has participated in opera productions at Theater an der Wien (for which the choir was named Opera Chorus of the Year, 2017), as well as concerts in Europe’s most renowned venues, including Vienna’s Musikverein and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Under the guidance of Kenneth Kiesler, Jacobsen received a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. During this time he was active in the Ann Arbor musical community, as well, serving as founder and director of Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Ann Arbor Camerata, and assistant conductor of the Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra. Jacobsen was a cello student of Susan Moses in the Indiana University String Academy, and later completed a Bachelor’s in Cello with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. As a cello soloist, he has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, and Voces Novae Chamber Choir. From 2013-16, Jacobsen was cellist and artistic curator with the new-music sextet Latitude 49, and he is thrilled to continue serving as President of their Board of Directors.