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Expressive Arts Faculty - Jennifer Phillips

Instrument/Department: Expressive Arts Department Chair; Internship Director

Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2017; named Department Chair in June 2019

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, Phillips is also a certified early childhood music educator.

Phillips relocated back to the Rochester area after spending six years in private practice in  Williamsburg, Virginia. Since her return to Rochester, she has co-founded the Greater Rochester Area Music Therapy Peer Supervision Group and been on the planning committee for and a panel presenter at the ROC MT networking dinner.  

Phillips sings professionally and is past member of Concentus Women’s Chorus, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Williamsburg Bach Choir, and Cantori Choral Ensemble. Along with her work 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. They bring us joy.

Favorite things to do in Rochester area: I love being outdoors!  My family and I spend quite a bit of time exploring the beautiful parks and hiking trails the Rochester area has to offer. And we love the Strong Museum!

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: At home with my husband and children – likely reading, baking, or crafting!

My favorite local restaurant: The Owl House

Favorite place(s) to travel: New Hampshire, Adirondacks, Virginia, Outer Banks.

Favorite Composer: Morten Lauridsen

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