Master of Music – University of Georgia
Bachelor of Music Education – Valdosta State University
Jacob Powers joined the percussion section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Prior to joining the LPO, Mr. Powers served as section percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra from 2014-2016, performing with a variety of artists such as Andre Watts, Judy Collins, and many more. He has performed with the orchestras of Albany, Columbus, Valdosta, and Augusta, all located in Georgia, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Al.
Powers graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Valdosta State University (GA). He then attended the University of Georgia where he studied with Timothy Adams, former timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Kimberly Toscano Adams, former principal timpanist of the Tucson Symphony. He graduated in 2014 with a Master’s of Music in Performance and spent two more years pursuing doctoral studies at UGA.
In the summers of 2013-14 Jacob attended the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina with a full scholarship. At Brevard, Mr. Powers shared the stage with renowned artists such JoAnn Faletta, Mattias Barmert, Keith Lockhart, Conrad Tao, Itzhak Perlman, as well as many instrumentalists from ensembles such as the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia Orchestras. In 2014, he served as the percussion area teaching assistant under the direction of Charles Ross and Gwendolyn Dease. Jacob and his wife will return to Brevard in the summer of 2016 to act as the assistant deans of high school students for the festival.
Jacob has been coached by Charles Ross, Gwendolyn Dease, Conrad Alexander, Jim Jacobson, and Andy Harnsberger. His major teachers include his parents Don and Beth Powers, Lois Akins, Paul Campiglia, Kimberly Toscano Adams, and Timothy K. Adams, Jr.
Jacob was born and raised in Thomson, GA and makes his home in New Orleans, LA with his wife, Larissa.