Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a former senior staff writer for Santa Barbara-based Pacific Standard magazine, and a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and Santa Barbara News-Press. He tracks and analyzes trends in the arts and social sciences, with an emphasis on psychology, the role of culture and the cultivation of creativity. A native of Chicago, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Articles By This Author

Tom Jacobs - November 28, 2023

Ahead of her California performances this week, the soprano chats about how she connects with a song — and an audience.

Tom Jacobs - November 14, 2023

Meet a boutique organization that specializes in the full-throated choral music of opera.

Tom Jacobs - October 30, 2023

The ambitious experiment led by the SF Symphony, LA Phil, and San Diego Symphony will highlight the work of more than 140 composers.

Tom Jacobs - October 2, 2023

Take a conducting lesson at Colburn or print a portrait a la Andy Warhol at The Broad during this year’s Grand Avenue Arts event.

Tom Jacobs - September 15, 2023

The company is prioritizing innovation and inclusion by collaborating with all-woman writing teams in 2024.

Tom Jacobs - September 12, 2023

Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová’s 1935 opus will feature pianist and UCLA grad Rosalind Wan Wong.

Tom Jacobs - September 5, 2023

The 2023–2024 season is filled with must-see concerts.

Tom Jacobs - September 5, 2023

The Met Opera trombonist has a bird’s-eye view of the industry from teaching at Juilliard and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy.

Tom Jacobs - August 29, 2023

Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro and percussionist Ji Hye Jung lead an impressive lineup that also includes a new in-house Baroque ensemble.

Tom Jacobs - August 21, 2023

The San Francisco native reflects on his inspirations, his writing process, and finding his own musical voice.