Jennifer Parker has enjoyed a varied career in music working as a vocalist, choral director, arranger, songwriter, studio musician and teacher. Raised in a musical family, everyone sang, played instruments and performed together throughout her childhood. Jennifer studied Classical and Jazz Performance throughout College and started working with cover bands and area musicians regularly during this time. A lover of all genres it can be hard to place her music into one category. She currently performs throughout the Midwest with her own quartet focusing on Jazz and original music. She also writes and arranges and plays for various artists in the Twin Cities. Her song Sign of Life was featured in the Syrian Refugee documentary, My Dream, My Right and her song Home has been arranged and published for Matfal Music and performed by the Los Angeles based vocal quartet, True North.
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in higher education having held positions at Western Michigan University, Washington State University, Concordia University and currently McNally Smith College of Music. With her heart in education, Jennifer works regularly as a clinician, adjudicator and performer throughout the country. Past highlights include presentations at the Colorado Music Educators Convention, Iowa Music Educators Convention, Washington Music Educators Convention, Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, Minnesota Music Educators Convention and ACDA. She has had the privilege of directing the North Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado All State Jazz Choirs along with ensembles at the International Music Camp (IMC), the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and summer camps in WI, MI, MN and WA. She currently serves as the ACDA Repertoire and Resources Chair of Vocal Jazz for the State of Minnesota.
- M.M.-Vocal Performance-Jazz Emphasis, Western Michigan University (2001)
- B.A. -Jazz Studies, University of Wisconsin- Green Bay (1999)