Flashes of Inspiration: Jazz Professor 'Pours a Cup' of Smooth Vocals

Today’s Flashes of Inspiration comes from Maria Jacobs Schaber, adjunct professor of applied vocal jazz at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, where she also earned her second bachelor’s degree in music education in 2013.


Jacobs Schaber, a national recording artist, is performing her original song, “Pour Me a Cup of Yesterday,” which is about remembering and missing a loved one. Jacobs Schaber selected the song, she said, because it reminded her of how she was missing everyone at Kent State.

Jacobs Schaber is a national recording artist and performs at venues in Cleveland and across the country. “Pour Me a Cup of Yesterday,” is regularly heard on smooth jazz stations across the country. In addition to teaching at Kent State, she also is principal conductor and curriculum advisor for the Open Tone Music Academy in Northeast Ohio.

A Cleveland native, Jacobs Schaber has released seven solo albums: “No Frills,” “Free As A Dove,” “Chasing Dreams,” “Art of the Duo,” “Here Comes Winter,” “Lucky Girl,” and “Hold On Your Heart,” a compilation of her first six albums plus a new original title track. 

Flashes of Inspiration is an ongoing series of videos showcasing the talents of Kent State faculty and staff aimed at providing an uplifting respite from the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.


POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 11:56am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:05pm
Lisa Abraham