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About Jennifer

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer earned an M.M. from Western Michigan University in Jazz Performance and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Jazz Studies. She was privileged to study with Linda Parins, Christine Salerno and Sunny Wilkinson.

As a performer she leads the Jennifer Parker Quartet, which allows her the opportunity to write and arrange.  She has enjoyed making music with numerous musical groups and special artists over the years including Jazz Northwest, Mark Levine, The Scovell-Sponcia Project, The Times, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Idaho-Washington Chorale, Frank Sinatra Tribute Band, Ziji Brazilian Jazz, Bay City Swing and Double Take.

With her heart in education, Jennifer spends a great deal of time as a guest artist, clinician and director at music festivals, camps and in classroom outreach. Her vocal arrangements are often performed by college and high school vocal jazz ensembles. She has made demonstration recordings for Hal Leonard Music Publishing and The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz, written by Dr. Stephen Zegree.

Jennifer is a member of J.E.N and is the Repertoire & Standards Chair of Jazz Choirs for the Minnesota Chapter of ACDA.



Presentations/Performances
Minnesota Music Educator’s Convention                               
ACDA-MN                                                                                      
Iowa Music Educator’s Convention                                         
ACDA- MN Celebration- Performer/Presenter                       
Colorado Music Educator’s Convention                                    
Washington State Music Educator’s Convention                    

Director/Clinician/Adjudicator
Lionel Hampton Jazz festival, ID- Adjudicator                       
North Dakota All State Vocal Jazz Director                              
Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, KS                  
Vocal Improvisation Workshops- Ivy Arts, Minneapolis       
McNally Smith Vocal Jazz Festival                                             
Watertown-Mayer HS, Watertown, MN                                   
Aurora HS, Aurora, MN                                                               
Two Rivers HS, Two Rivers, WI                                                 
Champlain Park HS, MN                                                             
Angelica Treble Choir, Bismarck, ND                                       
McNally Smith Vocal Jazz Festival-Master Class                  
South High School, Minneapolis, MN                                        
Guest Artist/Clinician University of MN-Duluth                  
Clinic with Jefferson HS, WI                                                     
Jazz on The Rock Guest Clinician, WI                                    
Colorado All-State Vocal Jazz Director                                   
Jefferson High School, Jefferson WI                                       
Mid-Wisconsin Honors Choir Director                                   
Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth Improvisation workshop          
Grafton High School, Grafton WI                                             
Port Washington High School, Port Washington, WI         
Cedarburg High School, Cedarburg, WI                                 
Fullerton Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA                                
Kentridge High School Jazz Festival, Kent WA                    
SEWMEA Honors Choir Director                                           
Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, WA               
WMEA State Choral Competition                                          
WMEA State Solo Competition                                              
Lincoln Middle School Jazz Choir Pullman, WA               
Rogers High School Jazz Choir Spokane, WA                   
NATS Regional Competition                                                 
Lawrence University Jazz Festival, WI                              
Luxemburg-Casco High School, WI                                   
Colfax High School, Colfax, WA                                              
Southridge High School, Kennewick, WA                        
Richland High School, Richland, WA                                
Washington State University Choral Festival, WA         
Warden High School, WA                                                    
Hanford High School, WA                                                   
Clarkston High School, WA                                                 
North Central High School, WA                                         
Pullman High School, Pullman, WA                                  
Asotin High School, Asotin, WA                                         
Lodi High School, WI                                                            
University of MN-Duluth –Summer Jazz Seminar         

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