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about    jennifer

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.


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 and Itzhak Perlman, the Pacific Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Los Angeles under Anthony Parnther. She previously held the Piccolo Fellow Chair with the American Youth Symphony.

Jennifer has won First Prizes in many prestigious competitions, including the 2021 Southern California Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the 2019 San Francisco Flute Society Competition, the 2019 South Carolina Flute Society Competition, the 2020 Sacramento Flute Club Competition, and the 2016-17 Carnegie Mellon University School of Music Concerto Competition.

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She 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 at festivals such as the John F. Kennedy Center and Tanglewood Seiji Ozawa Hall and internationally in Switzerland, France, Norway, and Canada. She also performs with the New York Flutists in Manhattan. She will appear at the Festival Napa Valley in the summer of 2024.

Jennifer graduated with a Master of Music degree from UCLA in 2022, 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.  


She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance with a minor in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with both University and College Honors and was the recipient of 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.


Her teachers include Benjamin Smolen, Sarah Jackson, Denis and Erin Bouriakov, Alberto Almarza, Maria Tamburrino, and Jeanne Baxtresser. 

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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