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Jennifer Undercofler

Associate Professor of Practice in Music

Director, Conservatory of Music

Dr. Jenny Undercofler is Director of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She  joined the Purchase faculty as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music in 2016. From 2004 until 2016, Jenny served as the Music Director of the Special Music School (PS 859), spearheading the development and opening of its high school division. During the same period. Jenny also founded and conducted Face the Music, a groundbreaking teen new music ensemble. Under her artistic and administrative leadership, Face the Music collaborated with professional groups including the JACK Quartet, Gutbucket, and the Kronos Quartet, performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Bang On A Can Marathon, and received feature coverage in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Jenny has served on the faculties of Juilliard Pre-College, Queens College, the Mannes Preparatory Division, and Third Street Music School Settlement. She holds two degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music.

Education

  • BM, MM, The Juilliard School
  • DMA, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester