Virginia Beach, VA 23464
- MA in Theology with a Concentration in Worship Music, Regent University
- CEC with Berklee Online in Jazz Studies
- Private jazz study with Jae Sinnett, drummer, composer, and jazz radio personality
Jennifer Gammill has graced the stages of Hampton Roads, Virginia for the past 14 years, performing as a vocalist with the Doorway Singers, flautist with Celtica, a soloist with Beach Street USA, and a regular jazz performer at Gershwin's restaurant. Trained in the classical tradition, Jennifer's journey has taken her through contemporary worship music, singer-songwriter, and jazz, with her most recent accomplishment the critically-acclaimed album Heart, Soul & Fire, combining jazz and singer-songwriter sensibilities.
Since 2016, she has been an active part of the Young Audiences of Virginia teaching and performing roster, teaching after-school workshops and camps in scat singing, theater, songwriting, history, poetry in motion, fundamentals of rhythm, and more, and was the lead artist for both the Military Child Initiative and Capture Art residencies. She created The Elephant’s Gerald program, an educational program about Newport News native Ella Fitzgerald, and performed it in dozens of schools throughout Hampton Roads in 2018. She is also a part of Artsong Duo and the American Jazz Ensemble, performing and educating regularly with these groups.
A resident of Virginia Beach, Jennifer also dabbles in beatbox flute and studies jazz when she is not taking care of her three amazing children and two cats.
Travel and accommodation expenses to be determined by service and location. Discounts offered for multiple bookings/residencies.
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Flexible, upon request and with enough notice
Weekends available with enough notice
Educational Program Description:
Everyone can write a song! Jennifer helps students unlock their creative potential through the written word and writing of melody by guided exercises that help students tie figurative writing skills to crafting lyrics. They will analyze popular songs ranging from nursery rhymes to modern tunes. The songs they write with their new knowledge can be used to facilitate research into SOL subjects, leading to retention and memorization, they can write about current events, or even school culture. Each residency can be tailored to the teachers’ needs. Jennifer celebrates and ignites this creative gift in her sessions, as her evident passion shines through to the students.