Jared Jacobsen: 1949-2019

The Spreckels Organ Society Trustees expressed shock and sadness on hearing of the death of former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen. He was a dear friend to many, and a champion of the Spreckels Organ, having served as San Diego Civic Organist from 1978 to 1985. At the time of his death August 27, he was serving on the Society’s Board of Trustees.

Information about a concert in his honor will be forthcoming.

Jared’s most recent program on the Spreckels Organ was January 1, 2019 — his 370th concert on the Spreckels Organ.

Jared was the fifth San Diego Civic Organist, playing weekly concerts from 1978 through 1985. He also was Director of Music for First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego and was a member of the performing arts faculty of the Bishop’s School in La Jolla.

From June through August each summer he would return to the historic Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where he presided over the 112-year-old Massey Memorial Organ of four manuals and ninety-four ranks. It was at Chautauqua where Jared began his musical journey in 1954, at the age of five.

Click here for a link to the Chataqua Institution tributes to Jared.

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