Dr. Jennifer Jester
Dr. Jennifer Jester
Dr. Jennifer Jester serves as the Director of the Music Business and Technology Program and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. Jennifer is active as an educator in music business and recording, a recording artist and performer, and an entrepreneur working on developing a new entertainment company called "The Jester's Court." Prior to teaching at Millersville, her professional business experiences include working as Executive Director of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association and the Tuba Euphonium Press, Managing Director of Community Concerts at Second, Administration for the Washington Symphonic Brass, and Founder of her personal company Jester's Court Productions specializing in non-profit management and events.
Dr. Jester holds a DMA in Euphonium performance with a research emphasis in interdisciplinary education, performance, and entrepreneurship. She earned a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a B.S. in Music Performance from Arizona State University, and completed the Music Business Certificate Program at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. Dr. Jester's private teachers on euphonium include Sam Pilafian, James Miller, and Tommy Johnson. Internships include Interscope Records (L.A., CA), and The Institute for Studies in the Arts with John Mitchell using the "Intelligent Stage" for Arizona State University's Institute for the Study of the Arts. The activated stage used video processing technology to detect performer motions and initiate actions in response and was used for dance, theater, and performance art.
Jennifer is an active performer in the music industry as a singer/songwriter and brass player. Performances include the River City Brass Band, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, "Sweet Thunder" Tuba Euphonium Quartet, "Balkanto" Balkan Brass Ensemble, the CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra conducted by Charlie Haden, the Vinny Golia Ensemble, the Chicano Power Revival (CPR) Orchestra Latin Jazz Ensemble, the off-Broadway production "Tarantella: Spider Dance!" with Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza in New York City, and various freelance projects.