Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer Carpenter is an experienced performer in a diverse range of musical styles and ensembles. She is currently a member of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and her past orchestral experiences range from performances in the Juilliard Orchestra, where she served as principal cellist, to the Aspen Music Festival, where she served as a fellow in the conducting academy orchestra. As a dedicated chamber musician, she has performed at festivals such as The Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival fellowship program, Orford Musique, and the Castleman Quartet Program. Additionally, she has given numerous chamber music and solo performances at The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, where she earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees, respectively. Her past teachers include Natasha Brofsky, Laurence Lesser, Darrett Adkins, Eric Kim, and Ellen Shertzer.

As an enthusiast of historical performance, she studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai at Juilliard and viola da gamba and baroque cello with Catharina Meints at Oberlin. While at Oberlin, she performed in the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. Also an advocate of new music, she has appeared with New Juilliard Ensemble and Oberlin Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.


Jennifer has enjoyed teaching students of all ages for many years in a variety of settings, including her private studio, The Hochstein School, Nazareth College, Juilliard Pre-College, Kneisel Hall Program for Maine Students, and the Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute.

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