Jacob Tews is Director-in-Residence of Orchestras and Strings at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He earned a DMA in viola performance, with a secondary emphasis in music theory, from the University of Minnesota.
As a violist and violinist, he regularly performs recitals mixing standard and new repertoire. His recording of American composer Elliott Miles McKinley’s String Quartet No. 8, written for sonic apricity and their colleagues at Indiana State University, is slated for release in 2019.
As an educator and conductor, Tews has enjoyed opportunities to teach at Wartburg College, Southern Illinois University (SIU), and the University of Minnesota. As a composer, he has had his works played throughout the country; his new double concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra was premiered by Kiril Laskarov, Eric Lenz, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra in June, 2018.
When not teaching, rehearsing, performing, or composing music, Tews enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, recently completed his third marathon (his first under 4 hours!), plays tennis well and golf poorly, and continues his pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. He currently lives in Waverly, Iowa with his wife, Leith, and their six wonderful young children, Eliana, Quinton, Micaiah, Milo, Orli, and Ida.