Jacob Ginn

Cello Teacher

Jacob Ginn

SAA Member


Newark, DE
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Cellist Jacob Ginn enjoys a multifaceted career in music as both a performer and educator. In addition to appearing with orchestras across the country as a freelance musician, he serves as the cello instructor at Germantown Academy and Settlement Music School, both in Philadelphia, PA. 

Jacob received his B.M. from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. While in Tucson, he often appeared as a substitute player with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Pops, as well as held positions with Grammy-nominated True Concord and the West Valley Symphony. His senior year, Jacob was named a Presser Foundation Scholar, a prize for which he was nominated by faculty for achievement in music and academics. After receiving his bachelors degree, Jacob earned his M.M. from the University of Utah as a teaching assistant and member of the Michie String Quartet. In addition to serving as principal cellist of the university orchestra, he played with the contemporary and early music ensembles (sometimes as a viola da gambist!). 

During the summers, Jacob has received fellowships to attend Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, and Britt Festival. He has played in masterclasses for cellists and ensembles such as Matt Haimovitz, Philippe Muller, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. His major teachers include John Eckstein (Utah Symphony) and Dr. Theodore Buchholz. 

A dedicated teacher himself, Jacob maintains an active private studio of cellists of all ages. He previously served as cello instructor for the University of Utah Preparatory Division, University of Arizona String Project, and Tucson Youth Music Center. His students have won positions in honor and youth orchestras, earned scholarships to music festivals, and received top scores in their region through RCM examinations. Jacob has taken Suzuki teacher training and also draws inspiration from Paul Rolland string pedagogy. 

Originally from Chandler, Arizona, Jacob began playing cello at age 10. He performed as principal cellist of the Arizona All-State Orchestra and Phoenix Youth Symphony, and also soloed with his high school orchestra in Carnegie Hall. 

When not thinking about music, Jacob enjoys traveling, hiking/trail running, and trying out new types of food.