Jen is currently the Chair of Cortland Music Department in Cortland, NY and teaches middle school choir and general music. In her tenure at Cortland she has been recognized for her passion and excellence in teaching, receiving the regional Apple for the Teacher Award and the Cortland Peer Recognition Award. Jen’s commitment to education has taken her to a national platform as a clinician working with other teachers and music departments to share best practices in the classroom and department organization.
She is involved in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) serving as the president of the Cortland County Music Teachers Association, vocal adjudicator and is part of the NYSSMA manual committee for vocal solos. You can find her publications in NYSSMA’s School Music News and the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) publication, In Transition.
Jen is frequently invited to conduct elementary and middle school choirs throughout New York State. Additionally, she is the director of the Dryden Intergenerational Choir which is a chorus of singers ranging from age nine to ninety-one; An incredible example of musical life-long learning. She graduated from Ithaca College with both a B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Education and an M.M. in Music Education.
Visit her website Jenrafferty.com and follow her on instagram @jenraffertymusic for classroom ideas and inspiration!