Cogswell Hall 305
IUP Cello Choir
IUP String Project
Introduction to Music
DMA, University of Texas
MM, University of Southern California
BM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Linda Jennings is
associate professor of Cello at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she
also directs the IUP Cello Choir and the IUP String Project. Dr. Jennings received her Bachelor of Music
in cello performance at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also holds a Master of Music in cello
performance from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate of Music
from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied with cellists Geraldine Jennings, Janet Grieve, Parry
Karp, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Uri Vardi, and Phyllis Young.
Dr. Jennings is active solo, chamber and orchestra
performer. She has played in orchestras
throughout Texas, the Midwest, and Alaska and served as principal cellist for
the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber
Orchestra of the Alleghenies. In the
summer of 2002, she was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the
Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in Thailand for the 70th Birthday celebration of
Thailand’s Queen Sirikit.
She has also appeared as soloist and chamber musician in
concerts and festivals in the U.S., Mexico, France, Austria, Norway, Thailand,
Indonesia, and Haiti. Currently, Dr.
Jennings is a member of the Arcadia Trio and the Litton String Quartet, IUP’s
faculty string quartet-in-residence. Dr.
Jennings has also been invited to present master classes nationally in
Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma as well as
internationally in Croatia, Thailand, and Haiti.
In addition to her performing and teaching career, Dr.
Jennings is a strong proponent for string music education. From 1997–99, she served as the director of
the prestigious UT String Project, an internationally acclaimed
teacher-training program for undergraduate and graduate students at the
University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she directs a similar program, the IUP String Project, which
she founded in 2004. The IUP String
Project provides a comprehensive hands-on teacher string pedagogy program for
IUP string majors and minors. In recent
years Dr. Jennings has been invited to teach and provide pedagogy training for
music teachers in Haiti and Thailand. In
2014 she served as artistic director and guest artist for the Bangkok Symphony
Orchestra Cello Festival and Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra Cello Festival, the
first festivals of this kind in Thailand.
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