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Jennifer Murray

Jennifer Murray

How Do We Confront Racism in the Orchestra Classroom? A Courageous Conversation to Engage Responsible and Actionable Change

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Jennifer Murray - Biographical Information

Native of South Carolina, Ms. Murray has established herself as an exceptional educator, director and versatile artist. She is the director of orchestras at Dora Kennedy French Immersion School in Prince George’s County.  She holds a Bachelor degree from University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, (West Hartford, CT) and Masters of Music degree from Boston University, (Boston, MA).

Classically trained violist, she has a strong passion for performing chamber music, performing in orchestras and is an active composer and arranger for string ensembles. Ms. Murray’s chamber music experiences have been extremely prominent. She has been performing as a freelance violist in the DMV area for over 10 years. She has performed with various artists: Regina Carter, Mark O’Connor and Alison Krauss.

As an educator, Ms. Murray believes that all children have the potential to achieve a high level of musicality.  She has been teaching in the public schools and privately since 2004.   She has expanded elementary music programs by 50% through recruiting and working collaboratively with teachers in her surrounding areas. Her middle school programs have had numerous awards and superior ratings.   She has been active with American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  She has been published in Connecticut Music Educators Association Journal and Maryland Music Educators Association Journal.  She is the current Immediate President of the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association and she serves on the board of DC chapter of ASTA.