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Arts and Education Consultant
New York, New York

Born into a family of classical musicians in Los Angeles, Jennifer Kessler is passionate about providing access to live classical and jazz performances and music education, and works with arts organizations across the U.S. to develop deeply engaging education programs and artistic initiatives.

Jennifer’s current consulting projects range from producing a month-long festival with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra around the theme of speaking out against injustice and oppression, to overseeing the application process for the first national El Sistema festival through the LA Philharmonic, to facilitating a strategic plan with the Mivos Quartet. Prior to producing orchestra executive professional development seminars and managing the Getty Education and Community Investment Grants through the League of American Orchestras, Jennifer was the Director of Community & Education at Orchestra of St. Luke's from 2012-2015. At OSL, Jennifer re-designed the Education Department to better address the needs of the orchestra's community by launching an El Sistema-inspired after school orchestral program in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. The program included free daily ensemble training for 100 students, and professional development courses for El Sistema teaching artists. She also produced and hosted orchestral concerts for thousands of families in partnership with arts organizations across NYC.

In 2011, Jennifer was a Sistema Fellow at the New England Conservatory, studying the Venezuelan system of youth orchestras for a year, after managing training programs for young professional musicians and teaching artists at The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. With performance degrees from Northwestern University in Illinois and the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, she has performed and taught as a French horn player internationally, with ensembles including the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Israeli Opera Orchestra.

Photo: Irene Lau