Jennifer Wilhelms

Jennifer WilhelmsI am Jennifer Wilhelms, a flutist who performs, teaches, researches, and writes. Through my academic studies and my experiences as a flutist and music instructor, I have come to realize that great musicianship demands various forms of intelligence—intellectual, physical, emotional, and psychological, among others. I strive to sharpen and broaden my knowledge of these skill sets so that I may share this insight with others. Current and ongoing interests include the Alexander Technique, multiphonics, old Powell flutes, teachings of Arnold Jacobs, sport psychology, Jascha Heifetz, and An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski.
In my spare time, you can find me walking (everywhere!), admiring the Bonsai Collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and writing down my thoughts using good old-fashioned pencil and paper as I ride around the city on the trains. Jennifer Wilhelms is a flutist, teacher, and scholar based in Chicago, Illinois. Since receiving her Ph.D. (New York University, music performance) in 2014, she has been expanding her musical activities in the Chicagoland area. Jennifer is an intelligent and multi-faceted performer whose musical interests range from the repertoire of the Baroque and Romantic periods to the innovations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Previous events include performances at the Chicago Flute Club Flute Festival, Cornell University, and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), as well as with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra.
In addition to her performance activities, Jennifer has instructed flute students at all levels and coached chamber ensembles for many years. She has also taught introductory music history and theory courses at Florida Gulf Coast University, and served as theJennifer Wilhelms Assistant Director of the NYU New Music Ensemble. She has served the Chicago Flute Club in various roles, including Voting Program Co-chair (2014-2016). Previously, she worked as Associate Editor of the club’s quarterly publication, Pipeline. Prior to her doctoral studies, Jennifer earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. Her primary teachers were Keith Underwood, Immanuel Davis, Adam Kuenzel, and Mary Karen Clardy.

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