Aug 15, 2017
Jacob Yarrow, Executive Director

Join us at Prelude restaurant for a special on-site meeting at the Green Music Center.  Jacob will give his presentation while leading a special tour of the facility.      

We will not be meeting at the Doubletree Hotel


For the past eight years, Yarrow has served as programming director for Hancher Auditorium, the main performing arts center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, which presents 30 to 40 performances a year.

“Jacob is a talented and versatile arts executive with two decades of experience in programming, fundraising, performance, higher education, marketing and nonprofit management,” SSU President Judy Sakaki said in a statement. “I feel confident this is going to be an excellent fit for him and his family and for the university and community.”

In his former role at Hancher Auditorium, Yarrow led programming in a multidisciplinary season spanning ballet and bluegrass, jazz and classical artists, plus 100 education and artist residency programs linked to those performances.

Highlights of Hancher’s 2016-2017 season have included acts such as Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, comedian Steve Martin, opera star Renée Fleming, pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Many of these performers have also appeared at the Green Music Center.

Yarrow plans to get involved in community groups to find out what matters to people in the region.

“Programming is about having a deep understanding of artists and the work that they are doing,” he said. “And it’s also about having a deep understanding of the community, and what is interesting to that community, then finding a way to find connections between the two.”

Yarrow also oversaw the marketing side at Hancher while playing a key role in management, coming up with a number of strategic plans that helped position Hancher at the center of both academic life and the city’s arts community.