Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill released a statement regarding the untimely death of Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music at Chautauqua since 1996:

“We learned yesterday of the tragic passing of our beloved Jared Jacobsen, Chautauqua’s organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music for nearly 25 years, and someone who proudly proclaimed himself a lifelong Chautauquan. Jared was involved in a car accident in Geneva, Ohio."

The statement went on to say that many described Jared and the music he masterfully created with the iconic Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Amphitheater as the “heart and soul” of  Institution.

Chautauqua officials tell Erie News Now that Jared was a native of Girard, Pennsylvania who visited Chautauqua with his family as a boy.  He still has family in the Erie area.

According to the statement, Jacobsen played his final service and concert on Sunday, August 25 — a service he curated and titled “Camp Meeting is Over.”

Chautauqua Institution plans a public memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson will be presiding, with special guests and tributes to Jared's extraordinary life.

If you can't attend, they plan to livestream the service on the Chautauqua facebook page. And they have created a special tribute page chq.org/jared.”