Christopher “Kit” Jacobson, Duke Chapel Organist. Photographed at Duke Chapel.

Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, is Duke University Chapel Organist and Organist at Duke Divinity School. At Duke he founded and conducts the Duke Evensong Singers in weekly Sunday afternoon choral evensong in Duke Chapel and oversees the training of the Chapel’s Organ Scholar Program. Before assuming his position, Mr. Jacobson was Associate Organist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, and Assistant Organist at Washington National Cathedral, where he assisted in training the cathedral choirs and playing the organ for over 200 choral services annually.
As a soloist, Mr. Jacobson records for the Dutch record label Pentatone Classics, and has presented organ recitals across North America, Europe, and Australia. He has won top prizes in numerous organ competitions, including the National Young Artist Competition of the American Guild of Organists, the Miami International Organ Competition, and the John R. Rodland Competition in sacred music. In addition to maintaining an active recital schedule, has presented performances of the complete organ works of César Franck, Maurice Duruflé, and Johann Sebastian Bach across the United States.
An active ensemble performer Mr. Jacobson is in demand as an accompanist and continuo player. He is a 2017 Grammy-nominated organist for his work with conductor Brian A. Schmidt and the South Dakota Chorale in the world premiere recording of Marcel Tyberg’s two masses. His work as an accompanist has taken him all over the world working regularly with choirs and orchestras in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Recent engagements have included performing and recording at Victoria Hall with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, and with early music ensembles including Three Notch’d Road in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a conductor and organist, he has led choirs on tours across North America and Europe, and will conduct the Duke Evensong Singers in choral residencies at Gloucester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in July 2018.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), Mr. Jacobson holds the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and the Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in Organ Performance from St. Olaf College. His teachers have included David Higgs and William Porter at Eastman, and John Ferguson and Catherine Rodland at St. Olaf. Mr. Jacobson is a graduate of Woodberry Forest and the American Boychoir School where he was a treble chorister under James Litton.

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