director of music
Jennifer leads the thriving music program at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is the Founding Artistic Director of VocalPoint, an 80-voice auditioned choir that uses the power of people, art, and collaboration to tell the stories of organizations doing life-changing work. VocalPoint shines a spotlight on important social-justice issues such as youth homelessness, the immigrant experience, and sex trafficking; giving 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. To date, VocalPoint has raised over $186,000 for 7 non-profits, and has worked with such gifted musicians as Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Copper Street Brass Quintet, Peter Mayer, and Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness. Jennifer has accepted a Special Recognition Award from The Advocates for Human Rights on behalf of VocalPoint.
In the larger musical community, she served on the board of the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists, and remains a member of the Program Committee. A contributor to the PC(USA Mission Yearbook, Jennifer also co-chaired the Daily Worship Committee for the National PC(USA) convention held in Minneapolis. This summer, she was a speaker at the Chorus America conference in Chicago, and also returned to Synod School at Buena Vista University as co-director of the choir. Dedicated to building community through music and to use it as a powerful medium for social change, she has led Justice Choir Songbook sing-a-longs in venues as diverse as the front-steps of an inner-city church to her living room.