Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras
Jacob Sustaita began his tenure as Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University in August 2015. As well, Jacob began his position as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony in the summer of 2015, where he also serves as Music Director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Jacob completed his doctorate degree at the University of Houston, where he served as assistant conductor and guest music director for the Moores Opera Center for three seasons. This past summer, Jacob served as assistant conductor for Charles Dutoit and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of America (NYO). Jacob conducted and assisted the orchestra during their Ney York residency and during their seven-city tour of China.
Jacob’s past positions include a three-year tenure with the Minnesota Philharmonic and a three-year tenure with the Southeast Texas Youth Symphony. As well Jacob was a semi-finalist at the Cadáques International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. He holds degrees from the University of Houston, Penn State, and Rice University. His honors include: Schissler Conducting Fellowship, Rice University Prize and Provost Fellowship, and American Prize semi-finalist and finalist. His teachers and mentors include Franz Krager, Brett Mitchell, Christopher Wilkins, Gerardo Edelstein, and Paavo Järvi.