Class of 2005
Major: Music; Minor: Elementary Education
Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology
Teacher of Undergraduate Non-Major Music History Courses
For most of her childhood, Jennifer had imagined herself becoming a doctor. But while pursuing a Biology major with a focus on pre-med, she realized that she much preferred practicing her instrument to working in the laboratory. And so, halfway through her sophomore year, Jennifer declared her music major in order to study music in a more formal manner.
Jennifer recalls an independent study project on the symmetrical properties of Anton Webern's String Quartet, Op. 28 as an influential moment in her college career. The project, under the mentorship of advisors John Jones and Marta Robertson, introduced her to formal research in music history, helping to prepare her for graduate school. She and her project partner studied the piece through mathematical, historical/contextual, and musical lenses, and presented at two undergraduate research conferences.
Gettysburg College Highlights
Among Jennifer's fondest memories of Gettysburg College are the small, lively classes she took in the Department of Music. Other key aspects of her days at Gettysburg included:
- Performing in musical ensembles: Symphony Band, Orchestra, and Chamber Music
- Serving on the Honor Commission in the Office of Academic Advising
- Working as a Tour Guide in the Office of Admissions
- Service Learning Trips to Washington, DC and San Carlos, AZ through the Center for Public Service
- Membership in Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity) and the Jazz Appreciation Society
- Residence in the Blue Note Jazz House Theme Housing
Life After Gettysburg
Jennifer is currently completing her dissertation on the Chicago Negro Unit, a branch of the Federal Theatre Project. She's exploring stylizations of black music and dance within this context, as well as how the Federal Theatre Project provided a venue not only for employment within the Depression, but also a place for black artistry, creativity, and innovation.
Jennifer feels strongly that the mentoring and advising she received from faculty members at Gettysburg College was instrumental in helping her develop both her interest in music history research and her confidence as a scholar.
"Professors in the Department of Music encouraged discussion, divergent thinking, and interdisciplinary inquiry. They were personable and accessible, being always available to talk outside of class and support their students. Not only has this affected me as a scholar, but my Gettysburg education set the foundation for my pedagogy and practice as a college instructor."
- Jennifer Myers '05