Jen is currently the Chair of the Cortland Music Department in Cortland, NY and teaches middle school choir, general music and high school modern band. In her tenure at Cortland she has been recognized for her passion and excellence in teaching, receiving the regional Apple for the Teacher Award and the Cortland Peer Recognition Award. Her commitment to education has taken her to a national platform working with other teachers and music departments to share best practices in the classroom and department organization.
As a strong advocate for school music, she is very involved in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) serving as the Co-chair of the Secondary Classroom Committee, President of Cortland County Music Teachers Association, vocal adjudicator and participates in the vocal solo manual committee. You can find her publications in NYSSMA’s School Music News and the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) publication, In Transition. She also contributes to the Alfred Music blog, writing about practical ideas for the classroom and rehearsal. Her book A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher is now available on Amazon.
Jen is frequently invited to conduct elementary and middle school choirs throughout New York State. Additionally, she is the director of the Dryden Intergenerational Choir which is a chorus of singers ranging from age nine to ninety-one; An incredible example of musical life long learning.