Janet Jacobson

Tradtional Violin Faculty

HCD Music

Hartt Community Division
F 19

Janet Jacobson is a versatile violinist who has built a reputation in the New England area performing in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. She is concertmaster of Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and has performed with orchestras across the country, including Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Kentucky Orchestra, and Plymouth Philharmonic. She also was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, performing, recording, and touring regularly with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Jacobson takes a particular interest in performing new music and is a co-founder of the 016 New Music Ensemble, which has been a featured ensemble in the Hartford New Music Festival and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She has premiered works by David Macbride, Ken Steen, Erberk Eryilmaz, Ryan Jesperson, and many others.

An active proponent of chamber music, Jacobson has performed in venues across New England with the Living Room Players, the Sylvanus Ensemble, the Classical Gang of Hartford, and the Saraswati String Quartet, of which she is a founding member. As a soloist she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Plymouth, NH, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Stara Zagora State Opera Orchestra in Stara, Zagora, Bulgaria. She has given solo lecture recitals at The Hartt School and Wethersfield Academy for the Arts.

Jacobson recently completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Hartt School, where she studied with Katie Lansdale. She holds a master's degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. She has taught violin, viola, and chamber music at HCD since 2009.

I love playing the violin. I love the exhilaration of communicating something unspoken to an audience. I love the intellectual thrill of solving a technical problem. I love the emotional resonance of learning a great masterpiece. I love sharing that love with students. I want to meet students where they are and help them go where they want to go. For me, it isn’t about winning an audition or even simply having a successful performance. It is about tackling something hard (because playing the violin is really hard!) and not giving up. It’s about steadily climbing a mountain, finally reaching the peak, enjoying the view just enough to see the next, higher peak and gear up for the next climb. I truly believe that through studying a musical instrument, students learn infinitely more than the notes on the page and that their very capacity to learn is increased. I love being part of that.