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Expressive Arts Faculty - Jennifer Phillips

Instrument/Department: Expressive Arts

Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2017

Jennifer Phillips is a board-certified music therapist specializing in early intervention, elder care, and stroke rehabilitation. She holds degrees in music therapy and voice from Fredonia State University. In addition to her work as a music therapist, Ms. Phillips also teaches early childhood music classes.

Ms. Phillips recently relocated back to the Rochester area after spending six years in Williamsburg, Virginia. In addition to her work with a community music outreach program in Williamsburg, she created a concert series to help fund early childhood music education classes for socioeconomically, academically, socially, and developmentally at-risk preschoolers in the community. The concert series was so successful that every county-run preschool classroom in the Williamsburg area now offers free music classes for all students.

In her free time, Ms. Phillips sings with Concentus Women’s Chorus under the direction of Gwendolyn Gassler. She is a past member of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Williamsburg Bach Choir, and Cantori Choral Ensemble. Along with her job as a music therapist and educator, she is mom to two young children.


More About Jennifer Phillips

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

What inspires me: Passionate people. The people I admire most and am most inspired by are the ones who dedicate themselves to their craft, whatever it may be!

Why the arts matter: The arts touch people in indescribable ways. They are the heart and soul of the community. They are the foundation of cultures, of community, of commonality. The arts, quite simply, bring people together. They inspire us. They enrich our lives and bring us joy.

Favorite things to do in Rochester area: I moved back from Virginia in fall 2017, so I am excited to learn about all that the Rochester area has to offer! Thus far, we have enjoyed exploring many of the beautiful parks and hiking trails in the area. And of course the Strong Museum!

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: At home with my husband and children, drawing, baking, or crafting with my daughter. There will also be spontaneous dance parties. Daily.

My favorite local restaurant: The Owl House

Favorite place(s) to travel: New Hampshire, Adirondacks, Virginia, North Carolina.

Favorite Composer: Morten Lauridsen

What people would be surprised to know about me: I eat gluten free by necessity and mostly vegan by choice. I love trying out new recipes and can often be found in my kitchen baking (read: burning) cookies with my kids!