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Teachers at the Old Town School

Anna Jacobson

Fiddle, French Horn, Trumpet, Ensembles

Anna has a diverse musical background that she brings to every class she teaches. Hailing from a small town in Wisconsin, Anna grew up trained in the Suzuki method of violin, playing fiddle in a local folk dance band, horn in the youth symphony, and performing with her family's vocal group at every community event. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University, Anna came to Chicago to pursue a Master of Music degree from DePaul in Horn Performance. She has since performed with the Chicago Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Oistrach Symphony, and numerous other freelance groups and regional symphonies across Illinois and Iowa.

In addition to orchestras, Anna performs regularly with several acclaimed ensembles. She is a founding member of the V3NTO Brass Trio (pronounced "vento"), winners of the 2012 Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition and 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition quarterfinalists. Anna is also the primary arranger for the group, with several published works. She also performs on fiddle, horn, and trumpet in Jonas Friddle and the Majority, winners of Song of the Year in the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Competition. She also plays with the Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra for dances around Chicago.

A dedicated educator, Anna is a registered Suzuki violin teacher. In addition to teaching at the Old Town School, Anna has studios in horn, trumpet, and violin in Oak Park, IL as well as being on faculty as a horn teacher at the DePaul Community Music Division. With trombone-playing husband (and OTS teacher) Evan, Anna is passionate about creating more learning experiences for brass players at the Old Town School. She is a co-founding teacher of our popular Brass Class!

Started at the Old Town School in October of 2010


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Youth String Band with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2006 and 09/03/2010

$424 ($404 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Teen String Band with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

Join this exploration of Old Time and Americana music for advanced string players. Teen String Band is a great for young musicians who are looking to expand their playing experience. As a part of the Teen String Band, students pursue their instrument while learning to play in a group. Ensemble playing gives students a greater sense of their instruments’ role and allows them to express individuality in a group. The experience of playing in a band or ensemble reinforces and rejuvenates kids’ musical learning.

$424 ($404 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave