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exciting new certificate programs available at the tell school of music

This Spring the Tell School of Music was approved to be the first and only universities in the region to offer undergraduate certificates in Kodály and Technology in Music Education. These programs are designed for our Music Education majors to add 21st century marketable credentials to their degree programs. Technology Certificate students will study in our world-class Music Industry facilities with our renowned Industry faculty. Kodály Certificate students will study with our internationally-renowned experts in the Kodály concept of Music Education.

For more information on our Certificate programs, including contact information, click on this link to our Degree and Certificate Programs Page.

announcement - dr. jennifer Jester named to faculty of tell school of music

After a nationwide search, the Tell School of Music is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Jennifer Jester to the faculty as Assistant Professor of the Music Industry program in Live Sound. Between 2009-13, she was assistant professor and Director of Music Business and Technology at Millersville University and will return to Millersville starting this fall. 

Jennifer established School of Rock Springfield, Missouri between 2013-2020 and produced 7 years of concerts for student and adult performances, events, and festivals. Dr. Jester holds a DMA in Euphonium performance with a research emphasis in interdisciplinary education, performance, and entrepreneurship from UCLA, 

MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a B.S. in Music Performance from Arizona State University, and a Music Therapy degree from Drury University. Dr. Jester is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with Neurologic Music Therapy and NICU-MT certifications. Dr. Jester served as instructor of euphonium and tuba at Missouri State University from 2016-2020.

Dr. Jennifer Jester is a musician, educator, songwriter, entrepreneur, and board-certified music therapist. Dr. Jester has a background performing around the world in low brass (trombone, euphonium, tuba), and as a vocalist and percussionist. Musical performance includes work with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s River City Brass Band, Balkan Brass Ensemble, the CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra, Chicano Power Revival, Orchestra Latin Jazz Ensemble, off-Broadway productions, and many other projects. As a professional musician, Dr. Jester traveled around the United States performing with the River City Brass Band, various solo performances, and to China with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Past projects have included compositions for euphonium, trombone, bass trumpet, and includes her one woman show called “The Last Tango.”  Jennifer is a proud lifetime member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and The Recording Academy.

dr. jeffrey gemmell named to tell school of music Faculty

After a nationwide search, the Tell School of Music is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Choral Studies. Dr. Gemmell has served as temporary part time faculty in choral studies at Millersville since 2013. He was the Director of Choral Activities at Millersville from 2006 to 2009 and served on the faculties of the University of Colorado Boulder, California State University (Chico), Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO). Dr. Gemmell holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master of Music in Music Education and an Artist’s Diploma in Voice from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Towson University. (For Dr. Gemmell’s full bio click here.)

Dr. Gemmell, who was the founding director of the Tell School’s incredibly successful Glorious Sounds of the Season annual fundraising concerts, will conduct our Chorale, University Choir, Women’s Choir, teach private voice lessons, and teach classes in music education.

From Dr. Gemmell: “I’m thrilled to join the Tell School of Music and look forward to working with the MU students full-time in the Fall! We’ll continue to make wonderful music together, with greater opportunities to expand the program through touring and other recruitment strategies. I couldn’t be more excited and inspired for the future! Also, since I originally joined the faculty in 2006, I am looking forward to increased outreach to alumni and reconnecting with former students as well. Stay tuned!”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Gemmell to the faculty, and be on the lookout for another faculty announcement soon!

updated information for auditioning at the tell school of music in 2020 

The Tell School of Music will still be conducting auditions for the 2020/2021 academic year in the next coming weeks, with auditions conducted virtually. 

Follow this link for more information on auditioning at the Tell School





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Annelise Lorentzen is a sophomore Music Industry major studying both music management and production. She studies violin with Dr. Vera Volchansky. Annelise grew up in a very musical family and began playing violin in 2nd grade while attending St. John's Lutheran school in Staten Island, NY. Music was always important to her but moving to Bel Air Maryland in 5th grade really instilled a love for the violin in her. It is through music that she was able to adjust to her new environment. Since then she has performed in various orchestras, chamber ensembles, quartets, piano trios, and pit orchestras. She is Vice President and Librarian for the Millersville University Orchestra and also plays in the pit orchestra for ACMO's musical productions. When not playing the violin Annelise enjoys photography and drawing, traveling, and skiing.

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