Jacob A. Dalager is a trumpet player, composer, and educator in the Washington DC metro area. He frequently performs in orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, funk, and salsa bands, and as a soloist in the region. Away from home, he plays with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), and New World Symphony (Miami, FL). In October, he will be making his US concerto debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in his home state of Minnesota.
From 2012-2014, Dalager was based in Singapore and performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Music Makers. He was a soloist with the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra, Te Deum Chamber Orchestra, and Celebration Chorus. Jacob was music director and lead/solo trumpet with Singapore's top funk band, the Fungkimunkees, and lead trumpet with Thomson Big Band, both of which performed at the 2013 Singapore International Jazz Festival. Other highlights include concerts with the Moscow Ballet, Grammy-winning New Age artist Kitaro, jazz trumpet sensation James Morrison, and latin jazz band Ireson at the 2014 World Youth Jazz Festival. Dalager's active performance schedule was in addition to working full-time as head brass teacher and instructor coordinator for Partners in Brass.
Dalager graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2012 with a Master of Music in Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate. That same year, he was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. While at Eastman, he played classical trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Musica Nova, and Opera, as well as lead trumpet in the Jazz Lab Band, Bitchin' Kitchen, and Ritmo Seis. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Jacob graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Olaf College in 2009, receiving Departmental Distinction in both Trumpet Performance and Music Theory/Composition. During his tenure there, he played with all the top instrumental ensembles, and, in his spare time, he founded and led the widely popular jazz quintet, The Shamen. His senior year, Jacob won the MTNA State Competition and the Schubert Club Competition Second Prize, premiered his composition "Goin' Up the Line" with the St. Olaf Band, and soloed with the St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra.