Jacob received his M.Mus in 2009 from the Eastman School of Music. He joined the BFA
Performance faculty in 2010 with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. As a director and
performer Jacob has worked extensively throughout the Midwest and New England.
Productions include My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Mamelles de
Tiresias, El Capitan, Helen of Troy, Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years,
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, La Traviata, The Consul, Ruddigore, Naughty Marietta,
Merrily We Roll Along, Anything Goes, Jekyll and Hyde, Kiss Me, Kate, Children of
Eden, and The Winter's Tale.
As an artist Jacob is an advocate for American Lyric Theatre and Art Song. He has
recently performed in the premiere of Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking and directed the first staged production of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch.
In 2003 he premiered David Thurmaier’s cycle of songs for Baritone, Three American
Songs based on texts by Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Edward Arlington Robinson.
He has also been featured in many recordings of early American musical theatre and
operetta in English translation on the Albany Records label, and DVD's of his work
as both performer and director are available through the American Operetta Foundation.
As a teacher Jacob is fascinated by the challenges faced by young singers in their
development as theatrical performers and is dedicated to the integration of acting
and singing. He was the 2014 recipient of the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation award for
excellence in teaching, the University of Memphis' highest honor for excellence in