Director and Organist
Director - Simon Jacobs is Director of Music and Organist at St. Thomas’s Church, New Haven, CT, where he oversees the church’s music program, directing the St. Thomas’s Choir, Schola Antiqua and the St. Thomas’s Choristers. He is a graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he received his Masters in Choral Conducting, studying with Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma.
Simon began his musical education as a boy chorister at Truro Cathedral in England, and went on to study organ with Andrew Nethsingha, Simon Morley and Christopher Gray. While still at high school, he became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, winning three prizes.
During his time as Organ Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge, he toured Australia, the United States and Canada with the Chapel Choir, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and recorded two CDs to critical acclaim. He was also Accompanist for the Chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society under the direction of Stephen Cleobury.
Simon subsequently held Organ Scholarships at Salisbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, where he played regularly for services and directed the choirs. During his time at Westminster Abbey, Simon gave five Sunday Evening Organ Recitals, including one as part of a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edward Elgar.
Simon is in demand as an organist, conductor and accompanist throughout the United States and Europe, and maintains an active organ concert schedule. He is a rehearsal conductor for the Yale Schola Cantorum under the direction of David Hill, and accompanist for a number of Yale University choral ensembles, as well as Instructor in Organ and Choral Conducting at Southern Connecticut State University.
Organist - Simon Holt is a sought-after organist in the eastern United States, and has recorded and produced several CDs. A graduate of The Royal College of Music, London, and Goldsmith's College, University of London, he was a prizewinner at The Royal College of Organists in London. His credentials include four diplomas, two in performance and two in teaching.
While living and working in the UK Simon was Music Director of the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society, the Bromsgrove Choral Society and the Birmingham University Chorus and Orchestra, with venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Bristol Cathedral. He was also Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral School.
As an organist he has performed in Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Selby Abby, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Reading Town Hall and the cathedrals of Norwich, Carlisle, Portsmouth, Wells, Canterbury, Rochester and Gloucester. Simon has toured extensively in Europe performing at St. Mark's in Venice, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame in Paris, and venues in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland. He has appeared several times on British and American radio and television.
Drawn to Stonington Borough’s idyllic setting, in 1999 he and his family moved to Connecticut, where he became Director of Music and Organist at Calvary Church. He founded and served as Director of Calvary Music School and was Organist and Director of The Anglican Singers. After a five-year hiatus, he returned to the Anglican Singers as Organist in 2016. Simon formed Salt Marsh Opera in 2000 and is now Artistic Director and General Manager. He has been Salt Marsh Opera's music director since its inception. Simon has also served as Director of Music in School at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City, and was Head of Music and Chair of Fine Arts at Saint James Episcopal School in Hagerstown, MD. He is currently the Executive Director of Thames Valley Music School, Director of Music at The Williams School and Music Director of Cappella Cantorum.
Marianna served as Director of The Anglican Singers for ten years from 1997 until 2007. Prior to founding The Anglican Singers, Marianna was Organist and Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, CT.