Dr. Jacob Dalager is a trumpet player, composer, and educator on faculty at The Catholic University of America, Frostburg State University, and Frederick Community College, teaching trumpet, jazz history, music theory and ear training, and American popular music. In addition, he teaches at the International School of Music and maintains a private trumpet studio.
Dalager made his U.S. concerto debut in 2016 with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and returned in 2019 with his original composition, 3ɟutures for trumpet and orchestra. Prior to that, he soloed with the Jesselton Philharmonic (Malaysia), Te Deum Chamber Orchestras (Singapore), St. Olaf Band, and St. Olaf Orchestra.
He is principal trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and has been a guest performer with the National Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Symphoria, Singapore Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, and Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestras, among others.
Dalager is the principal trumpet of Parkway Brass and M Street Brass Quintets. A versatile crossover musician, Jacob is the lead trumpet player of the renowned world fusion band, Black Masala and the Wammy-award-winning reggae outfit, Shamans of Sound.
Dalager’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Austin Symphony, Parkway Brass, St. Olaf Band, Ancia Saxophone Quartet, and the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra. He was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2011 and won Second Prize the 2019 Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers.
Dalager holds a D.M.A. in music performance from Catholic University (2020), M.M. and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music (2012), and a B.A. and B.M. in theory/composition and Trumpet performance from St. Olaf College (2009).