Over the last ten years, Jennifer Kessler has combined an international career as a French horn player with a passion for creating music programs for young people. From unique song composition projects with Bang on a Can to developmental music classes for children in NYC homeless shelters, Jennifer has worked with multiple organizations to develop programs and partnerships for diverse communities.
In her former position as Manager of Professional Programs at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Jennifer collaborated with world-renowned artists to curate workshops for young professional musicians, educators, and teaching artists. Born into a family of classical musicians in Los Angeles, Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University with horn professor Gail Williams before relocating to Germany to study with hornist Fergus McWilliam at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule. She has performed with ensembles and festivals including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and the Aspen Music Festival, and held the Associate Horn position with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion from 2007-2008.
In 2007, Jennifer was invited to assistant teach for El Sistema in Venezuela with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. This experience, coupled with her interest in music education for social change, inspired Jennifer to bring the El Sistema model to communities around the world. She has since led music projects for under-served youth in Israel and Germany, and has consulted for programs in New Zealand, Serbia, and the United States. Jennifer is also an active member and facilitator at TEDx events in New York.