After receiving a degree in Geography from Macalester College and working for a short stint as a finish carpenter in Boulder, Colorado, Jake spent two years as the Stage Manager for the Boston University School for the Arts (B.U., S.F.A). While at B.U., Jake continued working at Tanglewood each summer, juggling duties for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the BSO, as well as using his rock-climbing experience to learn the art of stage rigging.
Jake was hired full-time at the BSO as a Stage Technician in 2001, became the Assistant Stage Manager in 2006 and undertook his current role as Technical Director in 2016. With a focus on bringing as much production work in-house as possible, Jake has helped to develop the BSO’s Audio, Video and Lighting departments and has expanded the associated infrastructure to support both live performances and audio/visual recordings.
Jake has toured both nationally and internationally with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Jake worked on the inaugural Stage Crew for the opening season of Seiji Ozawa Hall in 1994, the Boston Symphony Hall Centennial in 2000, Stage Managed the opening of the Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood in 2019, and has worked backstage for countless classical, rock and jazz concerts with other interesting events in between. Other highlights of Jake’s career with the BSO have included working with conductors Andris Nelsons, Kurt Masur and Seiji Ozawa as well as Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Garrick Ohlsson.
An ETCP certified Arena Rigger since 2008, Jake has supervised all rigging activities at Boston Symphony Hall, The Koussevitsky Music Shed, Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center. Included in these challenges has been overseeing an upgrade of the Symphony Hall Rigging control system, the design of a motorized H-Bridle to quickly and accurately rig the Symphony Hall d&b audiotechnik speaker system, and a myriad of unusual rigging projects in each venue.
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