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Jacob Dalager

Organization: New Mexico State University
Title: Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz, New Mexico State
Program Graduation: MM, ALP Certificate 2012
Musical Studies: Trumpet
Musical Specialties: Chamber Music, Composition, Higher Education, Jazz, Large Ensemble, Soloist
Quote: “The ALP Program gave me a lot of professional skills you don’t learn in a typical classroom, yet are crucial to developing a career. For example, it helped me build a website; I learned skills for preparing for and executing a strong audition; it taught me how to write professionally for job applications; and I learned strategies for cultivating a strong music studio.”


Dr. Jacob Dalager is an international soloist, recording artist, award-winning composer, and Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at New Mexico State. He taught at The Catholic University of America, Frostburg State University, and Frederick Community College. His debut solo album, Paradigms, was released in 2021. Dalager made his U.S. concerto debut in 2016 with the Austin Symphony and returned in with his original composition, “3_utures.” He also soloed with the Jesselton Philharmonic, Te Deum Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra. He was principal trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and performed with the National Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Symphoria, Singapore Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, and Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestras. Dalager led the Parkway and M-Street Brass Quintets in Maryland. He was lead trumpet of the Wammy-winning bands Black Masala and Shamans of Sound. He was a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composers Award and won Second Prize in the 2020 Robert Avalon International Competition.