Assistant Professor of Music
Office: B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts
D.M.A. University of Oregon
M.M. University of Houston
B.A. Luther College
Vocal Choral Pedagogy
Dr. Lesa Jacobsen is in her third year at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls serving as Director of Women's Chorus, Instructor of Applied Voice, and Lecturer of Vocal Pedagogy. Dr. Jacobsen was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Music with education certification K-12. Her Master of Music degree is in Voice Performance from the University of Houston where she studied with opera diva Elena Nikolaidi. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon in Music Education with a secondary area in Choral Conducting. Dr. Jacobsen has done additional work in music education, voice, and vocal pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa and Ohio State University.
Dr. Jacobsen taught voice, choir, and general music in grades K-12 for 18 years in the public schools of Texas, Iowa, Ohio, and Oregon. Though her specialty is secondary education, her research interests include vocal pedagogy, vocal science and physiology, and vocal development at all levels, specifically the training students receive in the choir schools of England, Scotland, and Wales. She also has a passion for the use of verbal imagery in training students to sing both in the studio and in the choral setting. Dr. Jacobsen loves working with student teachers and watching them grow and improve in their craft. She believes learning is a continuous, life-long process in which all can engage successfully. Her "words to live by" are encompassed in the following: "In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." (Eric Hoffer)