B i o g r a p h y
Recorder player and music historian Jennifer Carpenter's love for the instrument began while earning her Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her pursuit of early music studies brought her to study at the University of North Texas where she received a Master of Music degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance and is ABD (all but dissertation) for her PhD in the same field from UNT.
As a recorder player, Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and in early music ensembles and baroque orchestras in both Texas and Colorado. She is a member of Parish House Baroque, Colorado Springs' early music ensemble.
She enjoys teaching as much as performing. In addition to teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles, Jennifer has been on the faculty of early music workshops in TX, CA, NM, AZ, MA, and CO. Her enthusiasm for working with amateur recorder players as led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society, whom she now serves as their Marketing Director.
Jennifer was the music director of the Dallas Recorder Society from 2009-2014 and is the current music director of the Denver Recorder Society. She continues to mentor and coach ARS chapters across the country. Happily a resident of Colorado Springs, CO, she is enjoying integrating into the early music scene on the Front Range along with her husband, son, and corgis.