Though Independence Day might get Chautauquans excited for fireworks over the lake, Jared Jacobsen is “psyched” for a patriotically themed
BENJAMIN HOSTE | File Photo Jared Jacobsen with the Massey Memorial Organ in 2013. Jacobsen is now in his 19th
NAME | File Photo Institution organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music Jared Jacobson leads the Chautauqua Choir and
Chautauqua Institution President Tom Becker’s job at the final Sacred Song Service of the season is to present a closing speech and tap the gavel three times. Jared Jacobsen’s job is to create the “jewelry setting” for that symbolic closing.
Spending summers at Chautauqua Institution when he was growing up, Jared Jacobsen was inundated with American music — fitting for “the most American place in America.”
The Massey Memorial Organ is an important part of the Chautauqua community, and it certainly has been significant to Jared Jacobsen’s life as well. Jacobsen, 65, has been coming to Chautauqua for 60 years, and he has been the Chautauqua organist for 16 years. Jacobsen shares what it’s like to be an organist and how the Massey Organ changed his life.
The official opening of Chautauqua Institution on the first Sunday of each season offers a time to remember Chautauquans who have passed away since the previous season.
Although Jared Jacobsen originally planned to perform a range of pieces from the Romantic era of music, he realized he’d rather highlight two major ones.
Jared Jacobsen isn’t a morning person. But his dog is. It’s waking up early to walk his dog that allows Jacobsen, Chautauqua Institution organist, to take in the morning mist that comes off the lake.
Jared Jacobsen and the Chautauqua community will celebrate that significance at Sunday’s Sacred Song Service at 8 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The service’s theme is “Strengthening Ties in the Family of Abraham.”