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 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 at Missouri State University from 2016-2020 as instructor of euphonium and tuba. Between 2009-13, she was assistant professor and Director of Music Business and Technology at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA and returns to Millersville starting August 2020. Jennifer is a proud lifetime member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and The Recording Academy.