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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson P’12, ’14, ’19

  • Lower School Faculty, Performing Arts Specialist
  • 718-768-1103
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  • University of Texas (3 years), Conservatoire Nationale de Strasbourg, France, Medaille d'or (1 year), Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music in Voice)

Jennifer Nelson P’12, ‘14, ‘19 loves to sing. “There was nothing else I wanted to do more and eventually I found myself being a musician, thank goodness!” she said. At Poly since 1997, Jennifer has taught Grades K-4 music, Middle School choir, Upper School Concert Choir, Glee Club, A Cappella, and Lower School chorus. But for Jennifer, the highlight each year is directing the Lower School concerts to which families are invited. “I always think we are in over our heads, we have been too ambitious, we have not had enough time to practice….and then, in the heat of the moment, the students perform something from their hearts that I have not seen in them before. They rise to the occasion and let the music flow through them. It’s like magic or alchemy and I am always transported to heaven by their expressiveness.” Jennifer’s hope for her students is “to expose them to the wide range of sounds and instruments in the world, help them develop a listening ear and heart, and from there take them as far as I can toward making music themselves. Everyone can feel, everyone can make music.”

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