Jacob Thaler is a public school orchestra teacher at Sproul Junior High in Widefield District 3. This is his third year teaching at Sproul and in that time has directed 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestra, guitar, and a course in mariachi music. In his time at Sproul, Jacob has earned excellent and superior marks at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Orchestra Festival each year. Mr. Thaler earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from Colorado State University-Fort Collins in 2012. While at Colorado State University, he studied cello under Barbara Thiem, and performed in the CSU Symphony under the direction of Wes Kenney. He also performed in various chamber ensembles with CSU. Mr. Thaler grew up in Arvada, Colorado and during his high school years studied cello under Carol Tarr. He was accepted into the Front Range Youth Symphony, the Western States Honor Orchestra, and the Colorado All-State Orchestra during that time. Before Mr. Thaler started teaching, he interned with the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in the Education and Operations department. During his internship, he worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
He joined the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony in 2015 as the conductor of Amadeus String Orchestra.
When not teaching, Jacob likes to keep up with his favorite hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.