The Turtle Creek Chorale has appointed Trey Jacobs as its new artistic director. Jacobs became the interim artistic director six months ago after Jonathan Palant resigned last year.
Before Dallas, Jacobs was Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities for four years at Eastern Michigan University. While at Eastern Michigan University his choirs performed at the Michigan A.C.D.A Convention and for the Michigan Music Educators Conference. In July 2011, he was the high school choral conductor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
Jacobs has also served as director of Choral Activities at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida; was a founding director of the Orlando Children’s Chorus and was co-conductor of the Bach Children’s Choir at Rollins College, conductor for the Orlando Concert Chorale, and conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Choir; and has conducted various choirs three times at Carnegie Hall.
Here's more from the Turtle Creek Chorale news release:
It's truly A New Season and A New Sound for the Turtle Creek Chorale! The Board of Directors announced today that Ira M. (Trey) Jacobs III has been offered and has accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Chorale. Trey has served as the Interim Conductor of the Dallas men's chorus since August 15, 2011, following the resignation of Jonathan Palant and a national search for his replacement.
"As a life-long educator, it is such a privilege for me to lead the Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC). The stories and talent in Dallas, the camaraderie of my fellow brothers, and the commitment to sing inspire me. As I step into the greater Artistic Director role, I will continue to build on the legacy of this incredible Chorus," said Trey Jacobs, Artistic Director of the TCC.
The hiring news was shared with the TCC singing members prior to this evening's concert, MADONNA TO MADONNA: The Ageless Strength of Women, followed by a special announcement to TCC patrons and ticket holders during the performance at the Meyerson Symphony Hall.
"Under his tenure as Interim Conductor, Trey has grown the quality of sound of the Chorale and also the number of members who are passionate about being the best male chorus in the world. There has never been any doubt in my mind that the Turtle Creek Chorale has great things ahead of it, but with David Fisher and Trey Jacobs at the helm, the horizon looks even brighter," said Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, Chairperson, Turtle Creek Chorale Board of Directors.
Trey will report to David Fisher, Executive Director, and he will be responsible for the musical and artistic direction of the Chorale. His primary duties will be to plan, manage and conduct weekly rehearsals and performances, and support the TCC Staff and Board in building and sustaining donor and patron relationships. The Artistic Director works collaboratively with the Executive Director to plan and execute the Chorus' season as well as multi-media recordings and concert tours.
"When the Artistic Search Committee of the Turtle Creek Chorale was named last year, Rev. Dawson Taylor asked one thing of them: Find the very best artistic director available and get that person to Dallas! We all can say with full confidence that the search committee under the able leadership of Dr. Justin Lombardo and Doug Mitchell did exactly that. Upon the completion of a national search, we discovered that we already had the best in Trey Jacobs," said David Fisher.
The award-winning Turtle Creek Chorale was founded in 1980 and includes more than 200 singing members who perform a full concert series as well as upwards of 50 benefit performances each year. The mission of the TCC is to entertain educate unite and uplift audiences and members through music that is distinguished for its innovation diversity and artistic excellent.
The final events of the TCC 2012 Season include the annual Gala Auction, CIRQUE, on May 5 and the final concert of the year, MADE IN AMERICA featuring The U.S. Army Chorus, on May 24. Call for tickets today at 214-526-3214 or buy online at www.turtlecreek.org.