Dr. Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern
University, where he served nine years as Music Department Chairman and six years as the
Bernard Stotsky Professor of Jewish Cultural Studies. He is also Visiting Professor and
Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also the founder
and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble, specializing in
Hebrew music. He has conducted workshops on choral music for various groups, including
the American Choral Directors Association, and has guest conducted a number of ensembles,
including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Symphony and Chorus, the New
England Conservatory Orchestra and the Boston Lyric Opera Company. He has also written
articles on various aspects of choral music, and over one hundred published compositions
and arrangements. 

Prof. Jacobson is past President of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral
Directors Association. He is the conductor and host of the PBS film, Zamir: Jewish Voices
Return to Poland. His book, Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Art of Cantillation, published
by the Jewish Publication Society in 2002, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book
Award. He is co-author of Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire—Volume IV:
Hebrew Texts, published by earthsongs in 2009. His compositions, arrangements and
editions have been performed by ACDA honors choirs, by the Boston Pops and Tanglewood
Festival Chorus, and by the St. Olaf College Choirs, among others. His music is published
by Transcontinental, ECS, Broude Brothers and Earthsongs. He has guest lectured at
Harvard, Brandeis, Yale, and many other schools. In addition to his specialization in
Jewish music, he has conducted many of the standard choral-orchestral masterworks. 

Articles

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Contrafaction, Music Faculty Publications (2010)
 

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Jewish music: what is that?, Music Faculty Publications (2009)
 

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Arnold Schoenberg and Ahad Ha‘am, Music Faculty Publications (2003)