M. Mus., B.Soc.Sc., Dip.T., Dip.Mus(USA)., Dip.Bus.Admin.
Jenny is currently Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. In 2016 she founded and is Musical Director of the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra a group that is growing and improving rapidly. Jenny has conducted some of Melbourne’s leading ensembles including the Zelman Symphony, Ballarat Symphony, Melbourne University Biomedical Students orchestra and Hopkins Sinfonia. In 2016 she was rehearsal conductor for Opera NZ’s season of Sweeney Todd. Jenny is committed to supporting young musicians as concert band conductor at Melbourne Youth Music’s summer school.
Jenny was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award in 2015 when she also completed her Masters of Music performance degree specialising in orchestral conducting at The University of Melbourne under Benjamin Northey and Luke Dollman.
Jenny is a successful Musical Director of musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Buddy, Grease, and The Sound of Music. She was also Musical Director of the ZHFM Hamilton Big Band (NZ) and The Waikato Youth Orchestra (NZ).
She founded Noteable Music Education Resources in 2006. As Managing Director she has written and published ten resources for classroom music teachers, including interactive digital resources. Jenny is a regular presenter of workshops at national music education conferences throughout Australia as well as presenting professional development workshops for music teachers for aMuse Victoria. She adjudicates regularly for the Victorian School Music Festival in both the concert band and orchestral sections.
Jenny has a successful track record in secondary education as a Head of Music, experienced in administration, conducting and managing performance groups, directing school productions, instrumental teaching, growing and developing her music departments and of course, teaching classes.
During her music career Jenny has worked as a professional trombonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, performed on stage with Randy Breaker, Arturo Sandoval, Robin Eubanks and Rob McConnell during her time studying in America, and toured extensively throughout the west coast of the USA and recorded with Ska Band ‘Ruder Than You’.