Composer, cellist, and conductor, Heidi Jacob is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College. A graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Bedford Springs Festival, “Mozart on the Square” in Philadelphia, the Dubrovnik Festival, and on National Public Radio. She has recorded for Capstone Records, Albany Records, and Navona Records, and was featured on WRTI’s “Notes from Philadelphia,” highlighting performances of her album conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Bryn Mawr. In addition, Curt Cacioppo’s “Invocation and Dance of the Mountain Gods,” conducted by Jacob, from the album LAWS OF THE PIPE was recently selected by PARMA Recordings for inclusion on the label’s online digital release FINE MUSIC, Vol. 4.
In June 2011, Jacob completed her D.M.A. in composition from Temple University, where she studied with Matthew Greenbaum, Richard Brodhead, and Maurice Wright. Her compositions have won prizes in the International Alliance for Women in Music Competition (Judith Lang Zaimont Prize division) for her work for piano, Regard á Schubert: a Fantasy Impromptu, as well as the Network for New Music’s Poetry Project for her song Rosetta Stone for soprano, cello and piano, which was premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in January of 2008. Jacob’s solo and chamber music works have been performed at Summer Stars Classics series in Ocean Grove New Jersey, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Series, Rutgers University’s Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art installation, mphibian, New Music and Video HIArt Gallery, New York City, at The New Music Forum in San Francisco CA, and by the Momenta String Quartet, The Hildegard Chamber Players, bassoonist Pascal Gallois, flutists Mimi Stillman and Adeline Tomasone, cellist Michal Schmidt and cellist Thalia Moore of Earplay, Jeffrey Solow, and pianist Charles Abramovic. Her chamber orchestra works have been performed by The Argento Ensemble and Temple University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her cycle of songs on the poetry of Julia Alvarez, Beginning Again, for soprano, violin and piano commissioned by Vermont based L’Ensemble has been performed in Italy and the East Coast and can be heard on their album Poetry into Song.