School of Music

Jacob Ertl

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Jacob M. Ertl

Jacob M. Ertl

Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Program Director for the BM in Music Performance in School of Music
Glazer Music Performance Ctr 115


Jacob Ertl, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, on Chicago Radio's "Live from WFMT" series, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem" series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. He is regularly invited to give guest recitals at universities/colleges like Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Alverno College, Mount Mary College, and Marshall University. He frequently performs solo and chamber music at festivals including the Gijon International Piano Festival, Tel-Hai Piano Master Classes, Nice International Music Academy, Banff Piano Master Classes, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Lake George Music Festival, The Quartet Program, TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, and the Heifetz Institute.

A strong advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been the Artist-in-Residence Fellow for PianoArts for seven years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over twenty public schools, colleges and universities. In 2013 and 2014, Ertl also gave numerous education concerts at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival using eight unique interactive programs. 

An avid supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society, Symphony Space). He has also toured to Panama for the Musicarte Festival of Contemporary Music as a guest performer with Pittsburgh based new music ensemble, Alia Musica.  Ertl has also given numerous lecture recitals on Frederic Rzewski's "De Profundis" for speaking pianist.

Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Emanuel Krasovsky, among others.  His pre-college mentors in piano and chamber music include Michael Kim and Carol Leybourn.   Ertl previously taught on the piano faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and as both an applied and class piano instructor at the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Ertl is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Nazareth College School of Music, and is on the summer piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

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Departmental Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
  • Program Director of BM in Music Performance
  • Applied Piano
  • Piano Pedagogy and Literature
  • Accompanying


  • Eastman School of Music, D.M.A., M.M.
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music, B.M.

Upcoming Performances

Jan. 27, 2019, 3 p.m.
Nazareth Piano Faculty Concert "Orchestral Songs/Symphonic Dances"
Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
Performance of Ravel's La Valse for two pianos

Feb. 3, 2019, 3 p.m.
Guest Artist Concert - Eastern Standard Trio
Beston Hall, Glazer Music Performance Center, Nazareth College

Chamber music concert of works composed for and commissioned by the group. World premiere performances include Bruce Stark's Fanfares for Horn, Tuba, and Piano, and Octavio Vazquez's multi-movement work, What a Circus!

Feb. 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Concert - Eastern Standard Trio
West Chester University, PA

Feb. 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Concert - Eastern Standard Trio
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Feb. 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.Judging - Honors Auditions - Music Forum for Piano Teachers of Western NY, Buffalo, NY

Feb. 10, 2019, 10 a.m.
Guest Artist Concert - Northeast Horn Workshop, Hofstra University
Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
Invited conference recital, including works by Bruce Stark and Octavio Vazquez, among others.

March 1-2, 2019, 7 p.m.
Featured Soloist - New York State Ballet Orchestra
Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY

Featured soloist in collaboration with the New York State Ballet and Jared Chase
(music director), performing George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and 3 Preludes

March 7-10, 2019
Guest Artist-in-Residence, University of Minnesota Duluth Piano Day
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Residency includes a solo recital, master classes, duo performance, and workshop for youth

March 23, 2019
Judge - Baroque/Classical Sonatina Festival - Central New York Association of Music Teachers
Syracuse, NY

April 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Lori Laitman, Composer-in-Residence Concert
Beston Hall, Nazareth College
Collaborative performances with Nazareth College music faculty

May/June 2019
Visiting Professor of Piano, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China 

June 8-10, 2018
Featured Conference Guest Artist - Solo Recital
Pennsylvania Music Teacher's Association State Conference
Indiana, PA

June 13-15, 2019
PianoArts 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Milwaukee, WI

Featured pianist with the Milwaukee Ballet in Stravinsky’s Firebird, transcribed by
Guido Agosti.