Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
~Ludwig van Beethoven
Jennifer's lifelong love of music began as she sat at her father's knee listening to him play the banjo. Her early exposure to music ranged from bluegrass to rock ní roll: in one ear was her parentsí Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, and in the other, her siblingsí Billy Joel and Queen. Then in high school she found a new passion in the world of classical music. Growing up Jennifer had the opportunity to listen to all types of music which solidified her varied and eclectic musical taste. These early experiences instilled in her a love of music that thrives to this day.
Jennifer graduated from Cedar Crest College with a B.A. in both Music and Psychology. She was awarded the Beverly Logan Prize for Excellence in Music. In 1997, she traveled to Beijing, China on a singing tour as part of the Chinese American Music Educators Exchange Association (CAMEEA). While in school, she studied with Dr. Yvonne Robinson (BM, Cedar Crest College; MM, Manhattan School of Music; DMA, Juilliard School of Music) and Sharon Rhinesmith (BM and MM, Temple University). She currently studies with Judith Malis Rosenfeld (BM, Temple University; MM, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts; DMA, Peabody Conservatory of Music).
Jennifer is an accomplished soloist and has most recently performed "The Blessed Damosel" (Debussy), "Ceremony of Carols" (Britten), and "Laudate Dominum" (Mozart). She can also been seen on stage. Her latest roles include Marion Paroo in "The Music Man" (Dutch Country Players), Joannie/Molly in "The Full Monty" and Lorraine/Reverend Hightower in "Bat Boy: The Musical" (Montgomery Theater), and Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (St. Johnís). As you can see from this partial list of stage and performance credits, Jennifer is a versatile and highly sought after talent in her local area. Although her performances are always informed and supported by her training, she transcends the stereotypical label of classical soprano. She is able to adapt to various styles of music and makes each performance wonderfully accessible and individualized to the audiences and, in turn, is able to connect with them.
In 2005, Jennifer joined with Heidi Murphy and Amy Reifinger to form The Cosmos, an amazing girl group devoted to bringing the sounds of the 50's and 60's to modern audiences. Their original revue, Revenge of the Beehive, premiered at Montgomery Theater to sold-out houses and rave reviews.
When not performing, Jennifer enjoys reading and has an extensive home library. Jennifer's philosophy of life can be summed up by the idea that bringing joy to others through song is the greatest gift that she can give. She truly lives each day to the fullest.
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