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Jennifer Jo is a flutist and educator based in Los Angeles. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Flute Performance at UCLA, where she is also the Teaching Assistant for the Woodwind Chamber Music course. Jennifer is a Haynes Young Artist and plays on a custom 14k gold Haynes flute. She serves on the faculty at the California Summer School for the Arts at CalArts.


As an active orchestral and chamber musician, Jennifer has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Ludovic Morlot, Lina González-Granados, Jahja Ling, and Itzhak Perlman. Notably, she has played Piccolo on Tchaikovsky  Symphony no. 4 and Scheherazade. Jennifer previously held the Piccolo Fellow chair with the American Youth Symphony, a fellowship orchestra based in LA.


Jennifer will be performing as a soloist with Orchestra Santa Monica in the Grand Finals of the Redlands Bowl Concerto Competition in June 2024. She won 1st Prize in the 2021 Southern California Philharmonic Concerto Competition and performed as their soloist, as well as 1st Prizes in the 2019 San Francisco Flute Society Competition, 2019 South Carolina Flute Society Competition, 2020 Sacramento Flute Club Competition, and the 2016-17 Carnegie Mellon University School of Music Concerto Competition.

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Jennifer has also won top prizes in the 2022 Berkeley Piano Club Winds and Brass Competition, 2021 Florida Flute Association Young Artist Comp, 2021 New Jersey Flute Society Young Artist Comp, 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Comp, 2016 National YoungArts Comp, and the Junior Bach Festival.


Jennifer has performed in festivals at the John F. Kennedy Center and Tanglewood Seiji Ozawa Hall, as well as festivals abroad in Switzerland, France, Norway, and Canada. She will be performing with Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Festival for their upcoming season. She has also performed with the New York Flutists in Manhattan and is a substitute flutist with the New World Symphony.

Jennifer's principal teachers include Denis and Erin Bouriakov, Alberto Almarza, Sarah Jackson, and Benjamin Smolen. She received her Master's of Music degree at UCLA, where she was a Teaching Assistant for the Art of Listening course. Since 2020, she has been a UCLA Gluck Fellow and a UCLA Music Partnership Program Fellow, where she teaches flute lessons at the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club, in addition to serving as the Administrative Manager of the program.

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Flute Performance and a minor in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studied with Alberto Almarza and additionally, Jeanne Baxtresser (New York Phil, Former Principal Flute). She graduated with both University and College Honors and was awarded the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Award upon graduation. She was also a merit-based Carnegie Scholarship and Dingwall Foundation Scholarship recipient for four years.

Born in Seoul and raised in the SF Bay Area, Jennifer studied with Maria Tamburrino (Former Principal, San Jose Symphony). Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses abroad for Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Bernold, Vincent Lucas, Julien Beaudiment, Emily Beynon, Lorna McGhee, and Michael Cox.

Jennifer is also an award-winning pianist. She passed the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level with State Convention Honors and won prizes in the US Open Music Competition. As an accompanist, she has accompanied soloists, choirs, musicals, and her students.

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