Kit Jacobson Named New Organist

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JacobsonDuke Divinity School and Duke Chapel announced last week that Kit Jacobson has been named the new organist for the Divinity School and Duke Chapel. The appointment will begin on July 1.

Jacobson has been the associate organist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C., since 2009, and he previously served as assistant organist at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He sang in the American Boychoir in his youth and studied organ at the Woodberry Forest School, St. Olaf College, and the Eastman School of Music. In 2012 and again in 2013, he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In his roles at Duke University, Jacobson will provide music for Duke Chapel and Divinity School worship services and other functions. He will also serve as accompanist for the Chapel Choir and the Duke Divinity School Choir.

Jacobson takes over the position held by David Arcus for more than 30 years. Arcus resigned as Divinity School and Duke Chapel organist and adjunct associate professor of sacred music at the end of the fall 2013 semester. Rob Horton has served as interim organist during the spring semester and will play for the Divinity Schoool Closing Convocation on April 16 and Baccalaureate services on May 10.