Jacob Meyer

2017 Round Top Music Festival

Jacob Meyer
Clarinet
Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University
Originally from St. Paul, MN, Jake Meyer is currently the principal clarinetist of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, FL. Jake graduated with his Master's of Music from Florida State University in May where he received a full scholarship and assistantship. While at FSU, he served as principal clarinetist of the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds, and was a finalist for the FSU Young Artists Competition. He also played in an orchestral excerpts master class and wind quintet coaching for members of the New York Philharmonic wind section during their FSU residency in February 2016.

While pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Jake won the St. Olaf Orchestra Tour Soloist Competition, performing the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto five times on the orchestra’s 2015 domestic tour, and also won the annual Senior Soloists Competition, performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. A passionate educator of musician wellness, Jake authored a resource to help raise awareness and inform students about musician health issues. He has also worked as an arts advocate with the Minneapolis-based Orchestrate Excellence, a community coalition dedicated to preserving an artistically excellent Minnesota Orchestra.

Jake’s principal teachers have included Scott Anderson, Deborah Bish, Jonathan Holden, and pedagogue Burton Kaplan. A recent graduate, he plans to move home to the Twin Cities to teach, freelance, promote community engagement and social justice through chamber music, and take auditions. Away from the clarinet Jake enjoys reading, swimming, and exploring sustainable living.