Music Studio on Round Hill - Private Piano and Voice Lessons
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Illinois and also attended the Boston University Opera Institute, as well as several prestigious young artist programs in the northeast, such as the Chautauqua Opera Studio.  She has performed many operatic roles, concerts and recitals throughout the country and internationally, as well as continually accompanying and coaching.  She has been teaching piano and voice privately and through various schools, such as U of I, University of Connecticut Community School, and Hartt School of Music, for over 15 years.  As Carolyn R. says “Jenna has been teaching piano to our 6 1/2 year old for over two years with great success. Her teaching style is supportive, yet progressive, instilling piano habits that are steadily taking our child to higher levels of proficiency.  Jenna is truly a musical expert whom we greatly admire and respect.”  

Jenna is experienced in teaching many levels, styles and ages in both piano and voice.  Not only does she believe in the importance of technique and the discipline of studying music, but she hopes to instill in her students the passion and love of music that she herself found at an early age.  “Not only does Jenna have a spectacular operatic voice, but she is an awesome teacher.  I am always amazed at how she can pick up on my subtle (and not so subtle) physical changes, which pinch my sound and cause angst with the high notes.  When she tweaks, wow, what a difference,” says Suzanne S., a current vocal student of Jenna’s studio.  Jenna has been fortunate enough to not only watch her students grow and expand musically, but she also has seen first hand the astounding effects a musical education can have on every aspect of a child's and an adult’s life.    

Jenna's Story 

My love of music came to me honestly through my mother’s love of the performing arts.  Although she never played a musical instrument, she was determined to give her two daughters piano lessons, and every other lesson known to man, including baton lessons!  By the age of 5, I was studying piano and singing in the choir and I never stopped! My mother also made sure that we saw every musical and with the original Broadway stars such as Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison.  Needless to say, I was enthralled with these productions and my love of performing grew.   

By the time I reached high school, I was still studying piano and had added on voice lessons.  I auditioned and performed in every musical opportunity I could find.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise, therefore, when I announced I wanted to major in music in college, but it still was.  To my parent’s credit, they adapted quickly and I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in short succession from the University of Illinois, although my performing focus had now switched to opera.  I had entered college thoroughly entranced by musical theater, but quickly came to realize that my voice actually led me towards opera instead and the passion for classical music quickly followed.  Although I had narrowed my major to vocal performance, the years of piano lessons continued to be a valuable asset in learning music quickly as well as making my way through difficult music theory and history classes.   

I came to the east coast after receiving my master’s degree in vocal performance to participate in several prestigious young artist training programs, such as the Boston University Opera Institute and Chautaqua Opera Studio, after which I moved to New York City.  I started teaching piano and voice while I was still in college and have continued to do so at various schools and privately.  Although I still perform regularly, I will always continue to find fulfillment in teaching.  I enjoy teaching a wide range of students, from ages 3.5 to 75+, a wide range of musical styles.  I hope to not only pass along the fundamental elements of music, such as technique, theory and pedagogy to my students, but I also hope to instill in them the basic love and passion for music and performing that I was fortunate enough to find at a young age.  

Round Hill Community Church
395 Round Hill Road
Greenwich, CT  06831

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