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Joshua Jacobson marks 40 years as choral director at Northeastern

Joshua Jacobson

Joshua Jacobson of Newton is celebrating his 40th year as conductor of the Northeastern University Choral Society with a gala concert and alumni reunion weekend. The concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, while receptions and alumni events will be held on the Northeastern University campus.

The thousands of students who have sung under Jacobson’s baton over 40 years have been invited back to campus for a choral reunion. The concert program will feature Norman Dello Joio’s “Jubilant Song,” Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy,” featuring pianist Edwin Swanborn, who has also been at Northeastern for 40 years. Alumni will be invited to join the student chorus on stage.

Those interested in attending the concert, as well as alumni interested in singing or attending the reunion, may visit or call 617-373-2671 for more information.

Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Harvard College, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the New England Conservatory, and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Cincinnati.

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 arrangement.

This article was originally published by Wicked Local Newton