Dr. Jennifer Dearden is a professional trumpet performer and educator, living and working in the northwestern Pennsylvania area. Since 2007, she has served on the faculty of the Music Department at Allegheny College, where she assumed the title of Associate Professor of Music in 2014. In addition to teaching trumpet lessons and music theory, she has served as the conductor of the Allegheny College Civic Symphony since 2012, and in that capacity she has expanded the size of the group from a string ensemble to a full symphony orchestra and, as such, has broadened the ensemble’s repertoire considerably. The Civic Symphony is unique among Allegheny’s instrumental ensembles in that it also welcomes members from the Meadville community to play alongside Allegheny students, faculty, and staff. Outside of her regular teaching duties, Jennifer also created and continues to coach two brass chamber groups.
Jennifer has maintained an active trumpet studio at Allegheny College, including private students of all ages from the Meadville area. Student successes include acceptance into both undergraduate and masters degree programs, PMEA festivals, and Intercollegiate Band festivals at both the state and national levels.
Jennifer was a full-time member of the River City Brass from 2008-2015, where she played in the Solo Cornet section and performed a regular concert series every month at several venues throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Since leaving RCB, Jennifer has been a founding member of two chamber groups, the French Creek Brass Quintet and the Northwest Passage Trumpet, and she continues to perform as a soloist in faculty recitals and other venues in the northwest PA area. She is also available to play weddings or other services. Her recent CD, Dialogues, was released by Potenza Music in early 2016 and is available for purchase.
Jennifer is also an active member of the International Trumpet Guild, and from 2011-2014 served as the Chair of the Youth Competition, which is held annually during the organization’s conference. The competition encourages trumpet players under 18 to become more involved with music through attending the conference, where they can hear performances not only by their peers but professionals as well. Jennifer also regularly performs at the ITG Conference’s Festival of Trumpets, a recital of trumpet ensemble music.
Jennifer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied trumpet with Keith Johnson; she also minored in Wind Conducting, studying with Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher. While at UNT she performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and recorded several CDs as a member that group, including several volumes of the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series. Jennifer also holds degrees from Ithaca College (BM), and Florida State (MM), where she studied trumpet with Frank Campos and Bryan Goff, respectively.
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