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Jacob Ertl

Jacob ErtlAssistant Professor


Contact Information

Cogswell 317



Applied Piano

Class Piano

Introduction to Music


DMA, Eastman School of Music

MM, Eastman School of Music

BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music


Jacob Ertl, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, on Chicago Radio’s Live from WFMT series, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. He is regularly invited to give guest recitals at universities/colleges like Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Alverno College, Mount Mary College, and Marshall University. He frequently performs solo and chamber music at festivals, including the Gijon International Piano Festival, Tel-Hai Piano Master Classes, Nice International Music Academy, Banff Piano Master Classes, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Lake George Music Festival, the Quartet Program, TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, and the Heifetz Institute.

A strong advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been the artist-in-residence fellow for PianoArts for seven years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over 20 public schools, colleges, and universities. This past summer, Ertl also gave numerous education concerts at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival using four unique interactive programs.

An avid supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has recently toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society, Symphony Space). He has also given lecture recitals on Frederic Rzewski’s “De Profundis” for speaking pianist. 

Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He also earned his master’s degree from Eastman and his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Emanuel Krasovsky, and Michael Kim, among others. He previously taught on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and as an applied piano and class piano instructor at the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Ertl is currently assistant professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is on the summer piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. 


Jacob Ertl’s website

  • Music Department
  • Cogswell Hall, Room 103
    422 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1071
  • Phone: 724-357-2390
  • Fax: 724-357-1324
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.