Jennifer is devoted to promoting and enhancing music performance and education in the Puget Sound region. An active advocate for the arts, she believes music gives depth and dimension to our lives, unites and heals an often-fragmented world, and brings clarity, joy, and hope.
She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Washington State University (1993) and her Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from Florida State University (1995). Jennifer is highly regarded as a local pianist and educator and finds tremendous joy in collaborating with both professional and student musicians. She joins the Olympia Symphony as Executive Director after serving ten years as Associate Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College, where she taught courses in music theory, music appreciation, and piano. Jennifer completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2017.
Jennifer’s deep affection for the Olympia Symphony results from many years of involvement in various roles. She has been an OSO patron, volunteer, musician, administrative assistant, librarian, and personnel manager. In 2015 she made her debut concerto performance with the Olympia Symphony, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. In October 2016 she proudly and gratefully accepted the position of Executive Director.
In addition to her work as Executive Director of the Olympia Symphony, Jennifer remains active as a musician, adjudicator, and community volunteer. She is the Choral Accompanist at South Puget Sound Community College, adjudicates and accompanies at WMEA Solo & Ensemble contests, and is a College Board AP Music Theory Reader. In 2018 she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the South Puget Sound College Orchestra. She enjoys performing with colleagues in chamber ensembles for local concerts and charity events.
A Washington native, Jennifer enjoys spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family. Having lived abroad in Japan and Italy, she has a keen interest in international cuisine and traditions.
She is grateful for the diverse cultural experiences Thurston County affords, and is proud to have the Olympia symphony be a part of that richly woven texture.