Program Director, Learning and Leadership Development, League of American Orchestras
New York, New York
As Director of Community & Education at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Jennifer Kessler develops music programs that aim to give communities in New York City access to deeply enriching experiences in music, including free concerts for school children and an immersive El Sistema inspired youth orchestra program. Previously, she taught music and developed music for social change programs in New York, Europe, Israel, and South America, and performed as a French horn player with ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic.
She is a proud Sistema Fellows Program graduate, as well as a graduate of Northwestern University and the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin. Jennifer is also a facilitator of TEDxNewYorkSalon, an independently organized TED community in NYC that ignites ideas worth spreading.
In April 2015, Jennifer accepted the position of Program Director, Learning and Leadership Development, at the League of American Orchestras.
Photo: Irene Lau