Paul Jacobson received his training as a composer and performer at St. Olaf College, Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, and Columbia School of the Arts. He has worked as a church musician and director of music in New York, taught at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, and has had a full career as a baroque flutist. He is cofounder of The Lyra Baroque Orchestra in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Paul composes hymns, canticles, and cantatas, a capella works, and works with keyboard and other instruments. He also transcribes 18th century large scale works for period instrument chamber ensembles. His cantatas include works based on the books of Ruth and Jonah. Paul is a frequent worship and music leader for Lutheran events.
My hymns are in the tradition of Martin Luther hymns, Heinrich Schutz motets and psalms, and J.S. Bach harmonizations. I have also been influenced by such composers as Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith. I would describe their tonality as early baroque with 21st century tonal freedom and surprises. They tend to "paint" or reinforce the texts, and though sometimes challenging to sight read, are very lyrical and singable. My texts are always based on biblical passages.
My cantatas thus far have been based on Old Testament stories and are set for solo voices, congregational canticles or choruses, and small instrumental ensembles including keyboard.