About Me

Jacob Litoff started playing violin at the age of four and studied with teachers at Uconn as a  child including Jack Heller, Oswald Lehnert and Robert Coleman  He graduated from Boston University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from their College for the Arts in 1981, and where he studied with Roman Totenberg , Kenneth Sarch and Mary Hess. He continued his studies privately with George Neikrug, Arturo Delmoni, and Burton Kaplan. He has performed with the Springfield Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Portsmouth Symphony, & many more.

In 1990 he went to Japan to study with Suzuki on training students using the Suzuki method. He currently teaches privately  using both the suzuki and traditional methods of teaching violin, viola and cello, and coaching chamber music with most of his students being in the greater Westborough/Shrewsbury/Worcester area. Many of his students have gotten into and played with BYSO and NEC youth orchestras, as well as some now having careers as  professional musicians. For 12 years he was the director of an adult amateur chamber ensemble called Simply Strings in Beverly.

He performs in chamber music concerts frequently, and among them was one for the celebration of the opening of the new Millis Library in September 2013 and one for their first anniversary in 9/2014. He has performed several chamber music  concerts and recitals at the Millis Library since then. He continues to perform with several orchestras,  including The Dirk Hillyer Orchestra in Peabody, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, North Shore Philharmonic, Sounds of Stow, and more. He played concertmaster of the Chaminade Opera and the Norton Singers for 12 years, has played several times as concertmaster for other groups like the Star Players of Bristol County , Opera Providence, and as concertmaster of the Charles River Sinfonietta. He started the Charles River Sinfonietta in Millis, MA in September 2002 and the CRSYO in July 2003 and serves on their board of directors.. He performed as one of the 2 solo violists in the Bach Brandenburg Concerto#6 in the CRS concert on 9/12/09. He has performed chamber music concerts with them all over New England including t several years for the Applefest In Northborough

Growing up in Storrs and Mansfield  Center CT, our family had a garden every year…  Yes we grew peas, and corn and  zucchinis and winter squash.. We grew beans and lettuce and all sorts of veggies.   As a kid it was always fun helping in the garden and my green thumb  stayed with me as I grew up.  I even had a couple landlords  here in the greater Boston area that let me use a part of the back yard  for some gardening.   It was a little less they had to mow. From when I bought my house here in Millis in August of 2000AD  I’ve been doing gardening some every year.   I have planted many fruit trees and bushes around the house too and I even told my violin students for a while that in 12/21/12 I”d be the only . human left and that some beautiful alien would . come join me and start the next level up of humanity… Well that unfortunately never occurred but I’d been prepared by planting all sorts of  plants  and trees to bring  food  on my half acre of land around my house.

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