Simon Jacobs is Director of Music and Organist at St. Thomas’s Church, New Haven, CT, where he oversees the church’s music program, directing the St. Thomas’s Choir, Schola Antiqua and the St. Thomas’s Choristers. He is a graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he received his Masters in Choral Conducting, studying with Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma.
Simon began his musical education as a boy chorister at Truro Cathedral in England, and went on to study organ with Andrew Nethsingha, Simon Morley and Christopher Gray. While still at high school, he became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, winning three prizes.
During his time as Organ Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge, he toured Australia, the United States and Canada with the Chapel Choir, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and recorded two CDs to critical acclaim. He was also Accompanist for the Chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society under the direction of Stephen Cleobury.
Simon subsequently held Organ Scholarships at Salisbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, where he played regularly for services and directed the choirs. During his time at Westminster Abbey, Simon gave five Sunday Evening Organ Recitals, including one as part of a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edward Elgar.
Simon is in demand as an organist, conductor and accompanist throughout the United States and Europe, and maintains an active organ concert schedule. He is a rehearsal conductor for the Yale Schola Cantorum under the direction of David Hill, and accompanist for a number of Yale University choral ensembles, as well as Instructor in Organ at Southern Connecticut State University. Simon is also Director of the Anglican Singers, a mixed-voice choir based in New London, CT, who last year undertook a week’s choral residency at Ely Cathedral in the UK.