Music Director

    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.”

    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, the Netherlands Strijkers Ensemble, and the North Coast Chamber Players. 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 is principal cellist in the North State Symphony.

    In 2015, Jacobson resigned her teaching duties to concentrate on development of the Eureka Symphony and to devote more time to conducting and performing as a cellist.  She has received numerous awards, including the American Association of University Women “Woman of the Year” award for the Humboldt chapter and the Humboldt County Office of Education “Jean Olsen Career Achievement Award.”  The North Coast Journal referred to Ms. Jacobson as a “force of nature.”

"Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was a game changer.  The world of symphonic music would never be the same again.
Beethoven composed music to Schiller's "Ode to Joy" as a motto for the whole world to take to heart, to become
a national anthem of humanity.  Join us in this very special anniversary year and watch for additional events to celebrate our 25th."

Carol Jacobson