Thirty Years Lecturer at the Maastricht Conservatory – Interview with Luc Jakobs

Luc Jacobs has been teaching students at the Conservatorium in Maastricht for more than 30 years. Over the years he has gotten his enthusiasm for the music, his profession and his students. 

Luc Jakobs teaches at the Maastricht Conservatory

It’s not commonplace for someone over 30 to work in their profession and still flourish in their work after all these years.

Among other things, he talks about his passion for choral music, about the ability to change things and about working with his students.

Some topics of the conversation

  • High school life
  • Talent and diligence
  • Give and take
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Faith and choral music
  • Miles Davis
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses

Music in the program

  1. “Babylon Sisters”, “Steely Dan”, LP “Gaucho”, 1980 MCA Records Inc.
  2. “Abendlied”, by “Rheinberger”, “Cambridge Singers” on the CD “Lighten Our Darknesss”, 2011 Collegium
  3. “Dona nobis pacem”, “JS Bach”, from “High Mass / B minor” Part 2, Collegium Vocale Gent,
  4. “Dormi Jesu”, “Luc Jakobs”, “Kamerkoor Couleur Vocale”, from the CD “Dormi Jesu”, 2010
  5. “Stella by Starlight”, “Victor Young”, “Miles Davis” on “My Funny Valentine” live in New York, 1964 Sony BMG Music

Luc Jakobs

“If someone is talented and hardworking, it’s a great combination”

Luc Jakobs on stage

Luc Jakobs, born in 1956, grew up in Heythuysen (NL) near Roermond.

At the age of 12, he began to learn clarinet, whereupon he played a short time later at the local music club under the – now well-known – conductor Jan Cober. Inspired by his brother, he started playing guitar at the age of 14. A short time later followed the first attempts in school bands.

The constant love of choral music was awakened at an early age. Luc Jakobs gained his first experience here at the age of 17. After high school he studied school music at the Conservatory in Maastricht. This study was followed by a music theory studies, which he successfully completed after another 4 years. At this time, the study program “Jazz” was newly established at the Conservatorium in Maastricht. He quickly applied for the position as a lecturer in music theory. On the day of his final exam, he had not only passed the same, but also a contract of employment “in his pocket”.

Luc Jakobs has been working at the Conservatorium for over 30 years and teaches students in the fields of jazz, pop, classical and school music in music theory and band coaching. Over the years he has gotten his enthusiasm for the music, his profession and his students. He says himself: “It is important that you always develop new things, otherwise it is no longer interesting […]. I do not always have to give the same lessons. That is deadly. You always have to renew. “

In addition to his work at the Conservatorium Maastricht, Luc Jakobs has been playing with friends for over 10 years in the band “Matchbox”, where they perform the music of Steely Dan. Luc’s great passion for choral music runs through his life. He already worked as a conductor with many choirs. His compositions for choirs are internationally recognized and performed in many countries.

He recently organized a cultural café in Heythuysen at regular intervals. Here people of different professions meet each other for a cultural exchange. (” Cultureel Café De Bombardon”).

Some of his choral works

  • Dormi of Jesus
  • Ecce panis angelorum
  • Hosanna to the Son of David
  • In Flanders fields
  • Nova! Nova!
  • O Kerstnacht
  • O radix Jesse
  • Still, still, still
  • Zingt voor de Heer