Erik L. Jacobson
Erik is entering his second year as Executive Director of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Erik is a dynamic music educator, clinician, arranger, performer, and administrator focused on engaging singers, musicians, and audiences to advocate for inclusion in music and spread a knowledge and joy for all types of music with as many learners as possible. Growing up in West Michigan, Erik has had an exciting musical journey through a variety of genres and musical paths including classical voice, musical theater, solo and group jazz singing, recording, and popular music performing.
Along with working with MSVMA, Erik teaches jazz voice at Kalamazoo College and is the General Manager for The VOCES8 Foundation, working with Paul Smith and two British choral ensembles, VOCES8 and Apollo5. He leads the VOCES8 US Scholar program, takes part in clinics throughout the country, and is working to bring the VOCES8 Method to US students and educators.
As a performer, Erik has recorded and performed with the Miami ensemble Seraphic Fire on their Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, a nationally featured project that took him on a tour of Florida and Mexico. Other notable performances include featured concerts at the ACDA convention in Cincinnati, Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2011 and 2012, the World Choir Games in 2012, the national tour of Star Wars in Concert, and as a background singer on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He regularly appears as a guest vocalist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Over the years he has performed with names such as Janis Seigel, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, Charise, Roger Treece, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Eldridge, Matt Giraud, and The Velvelettes.
Erik is in his third season directing the Kalamazoo Male Chorus. Previously, he spent five years as a teacher at Kalamazoo Christian Schools. He directed multiple high school ensembles as well as taught classes in recording arts and chapel worship music. Erik also led the expansion of their theater program, producing and directing many shows. Upon leaving classroom instruction, Erik moved to Milwaukee as the Director of In-School Education for the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. Two months into his tenure, the organization restructured and Erik assumed the role of Interim Executive Artistic Director for a year.
Erik received a bachelor of arts in music from Western Michigan University and a master of music in music education from Boston University.
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