Jacob Nissly is the Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Previously, Nissly was the Principal Percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a fellow at the New World Symphony. Nissly is the Co-Chair of the percussion department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches at the Aspen Music Festival. In October 2019 Nissly premiered Adam Schoenbergs percussion concerto œLosing Earth with the San Francisco Symphony.
Nissly holds a Bachelor of Music and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School.