A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY, Jennifer holds Baccalaureate degrees in Music and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from Queens College where she was under the tutelage of Jeff Weissman and Keith Underwood. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in English at the same institution. She has performed with numerous groups such as the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Copland Symphony, One World Symphony, Eastern Chamber Symphony, BrooklynONE Jazz Orchestra, the JEricO Jazz Orchestra (co-founder), as well as many various ensembles and pit orchestras. She has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Rose Halls at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and many others, including Off-Broadway festivals. A versatile musician, Jennifer frequently performs in classical, jazz, and Broadway settings. She teaches flute and musicianship at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY and is currently an English teacher at the Aerospace and Science Magnet School in Queens.
As part of the eighth grade team at I.S. 127Q, Jennifer is an advisor for the Yearbook Committee and coordinates assemblies that helps bring the arts to the students in various ways. In addition, she is also the founder and director of the school’s Drama Academy where students perform for their peers within the building as well as collaborate with high school drama companies who provide insight and pointers for even more success on stage. This Big Brother/Big Sister initiative is a way for high school students to experience working with younger students who aspire to follow the paths to even larger stages and for Jennifer’s middle school students to work with performers who have once been in their shoes and can relate to their new and budding experiences. Jennifer aims at having students feel successful as musicians/actors and works with performers of all levels.
She believes in connecting with students and continues to strive to become the most effective teacher she can be, both in the classroom and on the stage. Working with the Inter-School Orchestras, Jennifer has been honored to serve as an alum and woodwind coach for the Turtle Bay and Queens East Orchestras. She looks forward to being at rehearsal each week and really enjoys getting to know the young members of the orchestra as they grow from one musical phase to the next. As an alum, Jennifer can personally connect to students and finds it so incredibly rewarding to be able to work for and give back to an organization that not only guided her musically but helped her find focus in her life at an early age. “If it weren’t for ISO, I would not be the same Jennifer Forese I am today. I am musically successful because of the support and guidance I received while learning to not just have fun with music, but learning how to express myself and passion of music through performing. I hope to teach the students the same passion and depths of music that I learned through ISO.”