Christopher Jacobson


Christopher Jacobson

Duke University Chapel Organist, Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, is active as a versatile concert organist, conductor, accompanist, continuo artist, and teacher.  At Duke, he conducts the Duke Evensong Singers, oversees the training of the Chapel’s organ scholars, and plays the organ for over 150 services each year.  

As a soloist, Mr. Jacobson has presented organ recitals across North America, Europe, and Australia.  His recordings appear on Pentatone Records, and he has presented performances of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach across the United States to critical acclaim.  

Mr. Jacobson frequently collaborates with conductors including Brian A. Schmidt in the Grammy-nominated recording of Marcel Tyberg’s two Masses. He has recently performed and recorded with conductor Kazuki Yamada and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland.

As a conductor, Mr. Jacobson has led choirs on tours in the United States and England. In 2018 he conducted the Duke Evensong Singers in choral residencies at Gloucester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Mr. Jacobson was previously Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina, and Assistant Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral where he played the organ for numerous services including the State Funeral of President Gerald Ford.  

Mr. Jacobson is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and St. Olaf College where his teachers included David Higgs, John Ferguson, and Catherine Rodland.  Mr. Jacobson is a graduate of the American Boychoir School where he was a treble chorister under James Litton.