Interim Executive Artistic Director
M.M. Boston University
B.A. Western Michigan University
Erik Jacobson is very excited to step into the role of Executive Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children's Choir. Growing up in West Michigan, Erik has had an exciting musical journey through a variety of genres and musical paths including classical voice, musical theater, solo and group jazz singing, recording, and popular music performing.
Along with working with the Milwaukee Children's Choir, Erik is also the General Manager for the VCM Foundation USA, working with Paul Smith and the British choral ensemble, VOCES8. He leads the VOCES8 US Scholar program, takes part in clinics throughout the country, and is working to bring the VOCES8 Method to US students and educators.
As a performer, Erik has recorded and performed with the Miami ensemble Seraphic Fire on their Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, a nationally featured project that took him on a tour of Florida and Mexico. Other notable performances include featured concerts at the ACDA convention in Cincinnati, Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2011 and 2012, the World Choir Games in 2012, the national tour of Star Wars in Concert, and as a background singer on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Over the years he has performed with names such as Janis Seigel, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, Charise, Roger Treece, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Eldridge, Matt Giraud, and The Velvelettes.
Erik has spent the last five years as a teacher at Kalamazoo Christian Schools. There he directed multiple high school ensembles as well as taught classes in recording arts and chapel worship music. Erik also led the expansion of their theater program, producing and directing many shows.
Erik received a bachelor of arts in music from Western Michigan University and a master of music in music education from Boston University.