Jessie Jacobs

Music Director

Idaho native Jessie Jacobs developed a love of classical music at a very young age. One of her earliest memories is dancing to her grandfather playing The Man on the Flying Trapeze and Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena on the piano. She began playing her own music in elementary school when she picked up the viola for the first time.

As a member of her high school orchestra, Jessie performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, and was fortunate enough to play some excellent orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire. She continued to play in orchestras and chamber groups when she moved to the Palouse for college. She is a graduate of University of Idaho.

Jessie began working for Northwest Public Radio as a music librarian in the summer of 2011, where she developed a passion for sharing classical music through radio.  Her love of music doesn’t stop at classical; Jessie loves everything from R&B to folk. She calls Moscow home and in her free time, Jessie enjoys baking, playing a good board or card game and makes the most of the beautiful region by skiing, hiking or finding any sort of adventure she can.

Ways to Connect

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Thanksgiving is on the way - a day of gratitude, family, music, food and reflection. Spend your Thanksgiving with Northwest Public Radio for a day of holiday specials full of stories, cooking tips and classical music.

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Big personalities are no stranger to classical music – the people behind the compositions are remembered through letters, reviews and their own journals. NWPR has taken these colorful characters and matched them with a drink for the summertime. While you stay cool and have a refreshing summer, see if you can taste the music in these cocktails.  

Special thanks to Avery Whisenant for educating us on the craft of bartending and showing us the personality in cocktails.

Inland Folk  has been enchanting audiences for decades - it's a Northwest radio staple and its success is due to creator, host, producer and heart behind the show, Dan Maher. Dan's passion for music and love of radio is the reason Inland Folk celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. 

I sat down to chat with Dan about this landmark, his love of music and his life in radio. 

Jessie Jacobs: 35 years of Inland Folk – that’s pretty impressive.

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

The Northwest doesn't hit the pause button on classical music when symphonies give their final performances of the season. It’s time to press play on chamber music season - June marks the start of summer festivals. While you plan your summer vacations and day trips, keep these festivals in mind.

All good things come to an end - including the fabulous Northwest 2016/2017 Symphony season. Here's what's on tap for season finales.

Camerata Musica brings national and international musicians to the Tri-Cities throughout the year. To close this season, they are keeping it local in a tribute to young, local, musical rising stars. Help Camerata celebrate the young performers of the region. Sunday May 7, 2:00PM, Battelle Auditorium

Music for Springtime

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The change in season comes with a change of musical taste, right? Spring certainly highlights some works in the minds of NWPR staff - so we asked the question: Which works make us think of spring?

Jennifer Higdon: Candace diCarlo

With the New Year come new performers at Northwest music festivals! Many of the region’s chamber music festivals come to life this January and February for winter performances – mark your calendar and prepare for chamber music throughout the Northwest.  

Holiday Programs 2016

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The end of the year is a time to celebrate. Throughout the month of December, you’ll hear classic carols, hilarious stories, warm musical performances and thought-provoking holiday tales. Here are the special programs coming your way throughout December:

Joy To The World – A Holiday in Pink:  Pink Martini and All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro bring you an hour of multi-denominational, multi-cultural holiday spirit in the form of timeless classics and adventurous tunes. 7 PM, Saturday December 17, NPR and Classical Music Service.

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Spend your Thanksgiving with Northwest Public Radio! Here's a list of specials that will keep you company this season.

Think you're an expert on eerie music of days past? Want a fun challenge for Halloween?

Take NWPR's Halloween quiz to test your musical chops for this season. 

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Symphony season is here once more, and soon, orchestral performances will be filling the region.  Below, you’ll find out what Northwest symphonies and ensembles have in mind to open their 2016/2017 seasons.

Yakima's Second Sunday Series begins the season with a performance from Trio Brilliante - the winners of the Seattle Ladies' Musical Club Frances Walton Competition. September 11, 2:00 pm, Englewood Christian Church. 

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  In this episode, we chat with Victoria-based composer Stephen Brown about his work Takakkaw Falls. Traditional Celtic tunes, Canadian folk music and the Rocky Mountains make this suite for cello and piano what it is and the piece incorporates the themes of life, loss and love. 

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It’s that time again – the Northwest spotlights chamber music with summer festivals throughout the region, and provides the perfect scenery for classical music performances.

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival brings together another international cast of performers for this summer. 30 events across the valley include intimate winery performances, specially commissioned works and outreach concerts for teens and children. June 2 – 25

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In this episode, Greg Yasinitsky discusses his work Nighthawk in Flight - an exploration of the line between the genres of classical and jazz called "third stream."  The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs alongside jazz quartet Nighthawk, an ensemble in which Yasinitsky plays saxophone.

Listen below to this rhythmic and melodic melding of genres or download at Soundcloud

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Welcome to De-Composing: The Breakdown of Compositions - Northwest Public Radio's look into music of the region and how it was created.

In this episode, David Glenn chats about his work Sculpture Garden for Piano Quintet.

Its roots lie deep in the Northwest - a Walla Walla composer with a commission from the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival writing about Whitman College and the colorful works of art that can be seen throughout campus from many northwest artists.

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival

Chamber music festivals fill the northwest throughout the year – intimate performances in cozy venues creating a unique connection between the few musicians on stage and the audience. The 2015 summer season saw unforgettable performances across the northwest– and you don’t have to wait until summer  for even more. That's because January brings ensembles of all shapes, sizes and instrumentations to some big Northwest festivals.

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Traditional carols, heartwarming and hilarious stories, and new ways to think about the holidays! Here’s the list of special programs coming your way throughout December.

New Year's Day From Vienna 2016: Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic’s beloved annual concert of waltzes and polkas from the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries, brought to you from the Musikverein in Vienna Philharmonic. Radetsky March, anyone? 2 – 4 PM, Friday January 1, 2016, NPR and Classical Music Service.


September marks the beginning of the 2015/2016 Symphony season for many ensembles in the Northwest – mark your calendar for these concerts:

September 15: Explore guitar music from Baroque-era Spain and Mexico with The Early Music Guild of Seattle. The first concert of their season features the Tembembe Ensemble Continuo and a celebration of Mexico’s independence. 7:15 PM, Town Hall Seattle.

Concierto, WDAV Classical Public Radio

Frank Dominguez has been part of classical music on public radio for more than 20 years – experience he mixes with his Hispanic heritage to produce and host Concierto, the nation's first bilingual classical show which you now hear Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 on your NPR and Classical Music Service.

Every week, Concierto takes a look at the deep roots Hispanic culture has in the classical genre and includes a roster of composers and musicians from all over the world.

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You read about music for mom earlier this year - now it's time to celebrate dad in the classical music world. Throughout music history, famous fathers have come in all forms - composers, conductors, musicians and, of course, superfans. This Father's Day, Northwest Public Radio celebrates with a look at all varieties of fathers.

Children’s Corner, Claude Debussy


Have you ever wondered what classical musicians do when symphony season is over? The answer: summer music festivals! That’s right—festival season is upon us, with accomplished musicians from all over the nation flocking to various Northwest locations to give great performances in some of the most scenic locations in the region.

Haydn, Mozart, Debussy and a world premiere - just a few highlights of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, running through June 27.

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Every day is a day to be thankful for the moms of the world, but the second Sunday of every May is set aside as a nice reminder to show that appreciation and gratitude.

This year, celebrate Mother's Day with the Classical Music world. Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner all felt the need to share their inspiration through music and Northwest Public Radio is sharing that music with you.

Gypsy Songs: “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, Antonín Dvořák

Songs my mother taught me,

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  The Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in Portland, OR recently became the topic of conversation here at Northwest Public Radio. It seemed only natural to send word to my Portland-residing father, who decided to head over to the musically themed café that evening, buy himself some dessert and check things out.

He and I bonded over a love of Scheherazade when I was very young - one of those unconditional, slightly irrational feelings of love that has lasted a couple decades and is safe to assume will never go away.  

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This month, the Northwest native Angela Meade will grace the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdi’s Ernani. The Centralia native is no newcomer to opera, and has maintained a buzz of international excitement from critics and opera fans alike, since the beginning of her car

Super Thursday brought you three musical montages of piano, choral and opera hits. If you missed them, you can listen below and find information on playlists! 

Piano Concerto Montage - Created by Jessie Jacobs

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

Concerto No. 2: I.

Van Cliburn, piano/ RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin

RCA 5912

Peter Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1: I. 

Van Cliburn, piano/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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  Susan Pickett’s Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism delivers exactly what the title suggests: adventures of two women in an exciting era of classical music. It follows them from their beginnings in Walla Walla, through European adventures, lives as musicians, critics, composers - and, for Marion – a career as a music teacher in New York City.

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  Let Northwest Public Radio be part of your Thanksgiving celebration with these special programs this Thursday:

Lynne Rossetto-Kasper and a wonderful lineup of special guests take listener calls and provide some dinner-saving cooking tips on the live call-in show The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential, which you can hear Thanksgiving morning from 8-10 on NWPR’s NPR News service. 


 Symphony season is coming to a close and summertime is on its way!  That means it’s time for the many fantastic summer classical music festivals here in the Northwest, where regional, national and international stars perform in some spectacular venues, both indoors and out.

·        The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festivals brings regional, national and international stars to the city to perform at vineyards, museums, churches, theaters and other intimate venues throughout June.

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In the next couple of weeks, Northwest symphonies are reaching out to the gamers. The Port Angeles and Seattle Symphonies will both be showcasing video game music in upcoming concerts and while lush orchestral music is now present in many game soundtracks, it’s taken quite a while to get there.