Jacob Rensink started his studies on horn in 1996, at the age of 9. An active freelance horn player and teacher in the Chicago area, Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from SUNY Purchase where he studied with Ann Ellsworth and Peter Reit. After finishing his bachelors he studied with Greg Flint and David Griffin at Roosevelt University while pursuing a masters degree in orchestral studies. Jacob has also studied with John Zirbel, principal horn of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as other notable horn players.
Jacob has played assistant principal horn with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and principal horn with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as the Pitten Festival Orchestra in Austria. Additionally, he has performed in concert with both members of the New York Philarmonic and Vienna philharmonic.
As well as playing in orchestras on a regular basis, Jacob is an active chamber musician and soloist. He has performed with numerous chamber ensembles including the Sapphire Brass quintet, the Canturbury Theater Players and the Parallel Brass quintet. He has given solo recitals in numerous venues, including Paul Hall at The Juilliard School and, recently, at Roosevelt University. He has also given benefit recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic.
In the Fall of 2009, Jacob recorded Lee Hoiby's opera, The Tempest, with the SUNY Purchase Opera Orchestra. The recording of that opera can be heard on the Albany Records label. In 2010, Jacob recorded the horn tracks for Andrew Fox's funk album, Disco Institute, an independent label release. Both albums are available on amazon.com as well as the iTunes store.
Elgin Symphony, Holland Symphony