People of Northwest Public Radio
Idaho native Jessie Jacobs grew up in Boise where she developed twin passions for music and horses. Her love of classical music started very early. Some of her earliest memories include dancing to her Grandpa playing The Man on the Flying Trapeze and Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena. Her father would play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade on a weekly basis, and her mother was constantly listening to classical music on the local public radio station.
As a member of her high school orchestra, Jessie performed as a violist throughout the U.S. and Europe, and by the time she graduated high school in 2009, she had been to Europe five times.
Jessie then moved to Pullman to study music at Washington State University, but after a year, she felt studying music theory was robbing her of the mystery of music composition, so she transferred to the neighboring University of Idaho to study biology. Eventually, Jessie recognized she was a Jane-of-all-trades, master of none, and switched her major to general studies. She will graduate from the U of I in December.
And then there was horseback riding. After learning to ride in the second grade, Jessie began competing all across the country. At age 13, her travel schedule was intense – for an entire year, Jessie would travel every other weekend to compete in events throughout the northwest, as well as California, Texas and Utah.
Jessie began working for Northwest Public Radio in the summer of 2011 as a music librarian. She says her musical influences are apparent in the sound of her band, “The Thalweg,”which is best described as Americana with touches of blues and folk. Jessie lives in Moscow, and loves its abundance of outdoor activities and the friendliness of the community.