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Jacob Harrison

JacobA sought after conductor, clinician, and educator, Jacob Harrison has lead professional orchestras, honor ensembles, and music festivals throughout the country. He recently made his ballet conducting debut leading performances of The Nutcracker with Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony. He is also a repeated guest conductor with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

He also serves as the Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State University. In addition to conducting the ISU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Dr. Harrison teaches beginning and advanced undergraduate conducting. In 2014, Dr. Harrison received two awards for his teaching at ISU. At the university level, he was awarded the Early Achievement in Teaching. Additionally, he was named the 2014 Shakeshaft Master Teacher by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Harrison is equally at home conducting opera and music theater as he is conducting contemporary music and the great symphonic literature. He has conducted productions with the Arizona Lyric Opera and with the ISU Opera Studio including Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Bernstein’s Candide,  Mozart’s Magic Flute, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and he was assistant conductor for Arizona Lyric Opera’s production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf naxos.

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