Jacob Broussard is an 19-year-old classical composer from Southern California. His first choral work is called Spirit Come, written when he was 16, and has been performed by the University of Southern California (USC) Chamber Singers; a beautiful and slightly haunting piece. Here’s a link to: Spirit Come
He has always loved large chords and melodies that pull the emotion out of people.
His earliest memory was watching his older sister play the piano when he was 3-years-old.
Jacob writes: “Like most kids, I wanted to be just like my older sibling so I asked her to teach me. Not much of the patient one, she skipped the introductory stuff and went straight to “Ode to Joy”. I loved it and from that day on I never wanted to leave the piano bench. I also remember playing all three movements of Für Elise for my 3rd grade talent show, receiving my very first standing ovation! I love everything about playing, it’s my outlet, my escape, and my constant. I know no matter what that my piano will always be there at the end of the day and I can let out everything on it.”
Though the piano’s his number one love, he dabbles with other instruments too: organ, vibraphone, marimba, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, contrabass, cello, viola, violin, trumpet, trombone, and sax.
Classical music has always been Jacob’s true passion.he was classically trained his whole life in piano and he could never get enough of listening to classical piano, orchestra, or choir. Jacob states: “Naturally, when I began composing, my emotions and the story I try to tell just come out in a classical form. I’ve always messed around with little melodies since I was little. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started compiling those melodies and writing them down, eventually composing my first choral piece.”
Jacob is working on several other works for various ensembles as well as music for solo piano.