Jennifer is a composer, recording artist, and piano teacher from Seattle, Washington. She has been teaching the piano for 15 years, and currently maintains a small studio of 15 piano students and 2 violin students, where she encourages creativity, and fun.
In addition to teaching, she records and composes her own music, and she performs publicly. Last year she toured the northwest including shows in Seattle at Benaroya Hall, Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls featuring guest artists Emmy award winning composer/pianist Jace Vek, and pianist Michele McLaughlin.
She released her debut album "Key of Sea" in January of 2007, and just released a 2nd album, "The Lullaby Album" in July of 2009. The 2-Disc release features 13 original and traditional lullabies in both Solo piano and fully Orchestrated versions. The album includes the talents of Emmy Award winning composer/pianist Jace Vek, Ourstage Grand prize winner Jillian Goldin, and Grammy Award nominated producer Paul Speer.
Jennifer's music has been featured on NBC Universal sports, as well as several independent films, most recently Poor Boyz Productions 2008 International Free Skiing Festival award winning release "Reasons". She won a publicly voted award for her music in the 2008 Swan Lake Moving Image and Music Awards in Germany, and her song "Fly Away" won 1st place in the 2007 SLM: IM Awards, three 1st place channel prizes for Instrumental Music on OurStage.com, was included in Kathy Parson's "Top 20 of 2007" list (Solo Piano Publications), "Top 20 of 2009" and "Top 40 of the Decade" lists.
Jennifer is currently scoring her first film score (to be completed by September 2010) and is working on a new Classical-Crossover album set to be released in late 2011.
Jennifer started playing the piano and violin at age 5, and went on to study Piano Pedigogy at Brigham Young University (Idaho). She has performed as a soloist with the Murray Symphony Orchestra on the MacDowel 2nd Piano Concerto, and won the silver prize in her university's concerto competition for Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto. She has worked with the Seattle Symphony, participated with the Seattle Composer’s Salon at Benaroya Hall, and was a featured soloist at the Roosevelt Hotel. Jennifer performed with the Salt Lake Temple Square Concert Series for 3 years, and has also performed on the violin with various symphonies including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Jennifer and her husband, Will have one toddler, Preston, and one baby on the way due in August of 2010. She enjoys motherhood and learning to juggle her music career along with it. She enjoys writing, chocolate, cooking, fashion, blogging, and a variety of outdoor sports.
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See other posts by Jennifer Thomas
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- Best Musical Movies to Inspire
- Motivating Students to Practice
- Teaching Lessons through Online Video Chat: An Interview with Kathy Parsons
- Sheet Music Transcribing: A Source of Additional Income for Music Teachers
- Making the Most of “Potential Student” Interviews
- Teaching Your Piano Students How to Accompany
- Organization Help for the Unorganized Music Teacher
- The Chameleon Teacher: The Art of Adapting to Individual Learning Styles Part 1