B i o g r a p h y

Jacob Wilkinson’s work explores ways of interacting critically with musical and literary history through the medium of sound. The backdrop of his music is often the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a historic settlement of the Moravian Church where he took music lessons as a teenager. His thought is influenced by the progressive Moravian theology of the 1740s, which he first encountered in the writings of the American poet HD, a Bethlehem native. Like HD, he is interested in mythic thought as a vessel of human expression, as well as a model for musical perception.


Jacob completed his undergraduate degree in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Susan Botti. He finished a master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory under Michael Hersch, where he was awarded the P. Bruce Blair award for composition. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition with minors in music theory and medieval studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he serves as an associate instructor in the music theory department.

photo credit: James Daniel