ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jennifer Piper maintains a versatile performing and teaching career throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Piper has performed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. in venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center (Armour Stage and Buntrock Hall), Zimmerman Symphony Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and many others. She is currently a faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music and Mid Michigan College, and has also taught at Central Michigan University, Delta College, and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. She was a finalist and "Honorable Mention" for the 2021 American Prize in solo instrumental performance and winner of the Flute New Music Consortium's Flute and Electronics competition in 2020.
As an orchestral flutist, Jennifer has recently performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, and the Canton (OH) Symphony. Prior to this, she served as an Associate member in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, collaborating with some of today’s most sought-after conductors and performers including Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Chen, James E. Ross, and Sir Andrew Davis. Jennifer has also held positions with the Ohio Light Opera, Hartford Opera Theater, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the New Texas Symphony Orchestra on flute and piccolo.
Jennifer has an award-winning command of extended techniques on flute, which allows her to create new music experiences in collaboration with modern composers such as Elainie Lillios, Evan Ware, Jacob Thiede, JP Merz, Stephen Gryc, Ernesto Hartmann, Matthew Kennedy, and Scott Harding, among others. These unique partnerships have included world premiers and live performances of composers’ works. An avid supporter of all music, Dr. Piper also performs early and Baroque music and was featured while performing a double concerto at the University of Hartford with their Collegium ensemble. As a chamber musician, she has performed in numerous ensemble configurations including flute quartets, flute choirs, woodwind quintets, a flute and harp duo, flute and guitar duos, and other chamber orchestras.
Jennifer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Hartford, a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas with a related field in Musicology, and Bachelor of Music degree from Kansas State University. Her principal teachers include Janet Arms, Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, Terri Sundberg, and the late Dr. Mary Lee Cochran.
She performs on a 10K rose gold Lillian Burkart flute and a James Keefe piccolo.