Dr. Jennifer Dearden is a professional trumpet performer and educator, living and working in the northwestern Pennsylvania area. She has served on the faculty of the Music Department at Allegheny College since 2007. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Music in 2014 and began serving as Chair of the department in 2019. In addition to teaching trumpet lessons and music theory, she has served as the conductor of the Allegheny College Civic Symphony since 2012. 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 also warmly 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 Trio, 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 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 as of 2019 serves on its Board of Directors. Prior work with ITG includes serving as Scholarship Competition Chair (2017-2020) and Youth Competition Chair (2011-2014). Jennifer has also often performed 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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