Singer, Composer and Educator
Jennifer Tibbetts is a native of Huntington, Long Island. She began studying the piano at the age of 3 and voice at the age of 10 . By the age of 14 she was attending the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division on Voice, Piano and Composition. She was a recipient of the Doreen Ackerman Bernardo Scholarship Award (four years in a row) and a guest artist at the Kosciusko Foundation. She won the Long Island Women’s Club Competition two years in a row for voice and was a finalist in the Long Island Composers Symposium for her own compositions for piano and voice. She has participated in workshops for new musicals at BMI and was a guest soloist with the Peabody Opera Department, C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival and Opera Department and numerous other Opera Festivals around the World. Jennifer was a scholarship recipient at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz Austria. She sang with the International Academy of Rome, Italy. Her past teachers include Charles Riecker and Carol Neblette of the Metropolitan Opera as well as Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Thomas Grubb and Mark Markham. Jennifer is an active Voice Teacher with a Masterclass series in Scarsdale called The Joy of Singing available through the Scarsdale Adult School. In 2020, Jennifer joined the faculty at Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY. She is active as a Voice Teacher and Choral Director for Junior Voices and in the Fall will be debuting a new course focused on the audition process.
In 2008, she began her choral conducting career. Since then, her Choirs have received praise and the highest honors with the New York State School Music Association's rating of Gold with Distinction. Jennifer was an artist in Residence with the National Chorale (under the direction of Martin Josman) and a Teaching Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild where she was involved with numerous programs that included Students Compose Opera, Urban Voices, and as Master Voice Teacher with the All City Program (Frank Sinatra School for the Arts). Her choirs were invited to perform at the 10 Year Anniversary of 911 at Lincoln Center. Under her direction, Jennifer’s students were selected to perform their own work Hamilton/Washington on the Broadway stage for the Cast and Crew of Hamilton. They were chosen from numerous participants in the Hamilton program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. In the spring of 2018, her Children’s Choir performed selections from The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman at Lincoln Center.
As a Composer, Jennifer continues to compose and arrange for the voice, as she has since the age of 7. Her arrangements and original compositions have been performed across the country and around the world. Recordings of her works can be heard by the Composer’s Choir conducted by Daniel Shaw and on her Youtube channel.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Vocal Performance, from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Music Education from C.W. Post,Long Island University. Jennifer has participated in Choral and Orchestral Conducting Masterclasses with Renée Clausen , Craig Jessop, Doreen Rao and Jonathon Griffith. She is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild of America. In the past she has served as a Voice and Piano Adjudicator for NYSSMA and as a Vocal Instructor through the Metropolitan Opera Guild for the All City Programs. Jennifer is also an active member of The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA).
Jennifer Tibbetts continues to lead choirs and teach in music education. She has been a guest lecturer and conductor in leading her music for Choirs. In September of 2020, she joined the Hoff Barthelson Music School faculty on Voice (Scarsdale, NY) and in 2021, will be conducting the Junior Voices.