Director of Music

Jacinta Jakovcevic

Jacinta is Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth where she combines her great loves of liturgy and music together with her keen interest in choral music, music administration and the development of young musicians.

Born into a musical family, Jacinta indeed started her musical career in the church and became involved at a very early age as both organist and chorister. Having completed her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Western Australia and gaining a number of performance diplomas she became a sought after musician in Perth and, in addition to her continuous work in church music, took part in ABC broadcasts and extensive work with major organisations including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the University of Western Australia and the Australian Opera Studio: always bringing the wealth of expertise and experience to her work in church music.

Jacinta has also taken part in symposiums and performances in parts of Europe (including Austria, Norway and Croatia) and Southeast Asia as a chamber musician and soloist on both piano and organ.

In 2016 was appointed to the National Liturgical Music Board (Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference). Jacinta is also a committee member of the West Australian branch of the Royal Schools of Church Music (RSCM) and in 2016 was also appointed to the National Council of the RSCM. As of July 2020, Jacinta is the national representative for the RSCM (Royal School of Music) ‘Voice for Life’ chorister training scheme.

As part of her work at St Mary’s Cathedral, she has been instrumental in the establishment in 2009 of the Cathedral’s Organ Scholarship (F.J. Larner Organ Scholarship) and the establishment of the Cathedral’s annual Concert Series drawing the wider community to the Cathedral.

Jacinta is also passionate about the involvement of young people in the liturgical life of the Church particularly in the area of music; and for our young people to come to know the treasures of the Church’s rich heritage of music.

She has established and runs a number programmes for young musicians to take part and increase their knowledge and experience of liturgical music of the Church.