Dr. Jennifer Jester



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897




  • DMA, Performance, 2008, University of Californa - Los Angeles
  • MFA, Music - Low Brass Concentration, 2004, California Institute for the Arts
  • BS, Music Therapy, Psychology minor, 2018, Drury University
  • BS, Music - Orchestral Studies, 2001, Arizona State University


  • NICU-Music Therapy Certification, 2019
  • DRUMBEAT Facilitator, 2018
  • Drums Alive Facilitator, 2018
  • Neurologic Music Therapy Certification, 2018
  • Music Business Certificate according to Musician’s Institute, Hollywood California, 2005


  • Language of Music - History of Rock and Roll
  • The Business of Music
  • Applied Euphonium and Tuba Lessons
  • Missouri State Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble
  • Language of Music
  • Independent Study – Low Brass Methods
  • Business of Music
  • World Music

Professional experience


  • Arkansas Music Works Brass Band, Bentonville, AR
  • Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, Fort Smith, AR, special concert Bass Trumpet, 2018
  • River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, China Tour, Baltimore, MD
  • TubaChristmas Springfield, MO, Annual Event Coordinator, 2013–present 
  • International Tuba Euphonium Association - Life Member
  • Arkansas Musicworks Brass Band (2019, DFOB and NABBA competitions)
  • Jester & King, Springfield, MO Blues Duo – Bass
  • 65 South, Springfield, MO – Cover Band – vocals, piano, percussion, bass trumpet
  • I Guillari di Piazza, New York, NY, 2008 – 2009 – dancer, vocalist, Off Broadway Production- “Tarantella: Spider Dance!
  • Washington Symphonic Brass, Washington D. C., 2007 – euphonium, arranger
  • Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA, 2006.  - euphonium
  • River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002.  Interim position, euphonium

General music business

  • Springfield Regional Arts Council, Board Vice President, President, 2015–2019
  • Rock School Franchise Association, Board Member, 2016–2018
  • Music Mondays of the Ozarks, Board Member, 2016–present
  • School of Rock Springfield - Owner, General Manager 2013-present

Music therapy

  • CoxHealth at Home - Palliative Care and SandCastles Board Certified Music Therapist
  • American Music Therapy Association Board Certified Music Therapist 2019
  • Owner, Springfield Music Therapy and Wellness Center 

Research and professional interests


  • Article: Jester, J. A. (2019). Turning a No Into A Yes: Looking into the world of the Adapted Euphonium for People with Physical Limitations. International Tuba Euphonium Journal, 46(4).
  • International Tuba Euphonium Conference Iowa City, Iowa 2019 - Conference Presenter, Activating the Inner Child in You and Your Audience
  • DMA Dissertation, 2008, UCLA Los Angeles, CA. - “Interdisciplinary Education and Performance: The Study, The Project, and The Challenge"
  • Southwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, 2006-08, Tucson, AZ. “Thinking Outside the Box for Recitals: Remixing, Commissioning, and Audience Participation

Music therapy

  • Midwest Regional Child Life Conference, Conference Presenter 2019 - Achieving Optimal Results for Patient and Family by Combining Music Therapy and Child Life Specialists
  • American Music Therapy Association, Conference co-presenter - International Conference Dallas, TX 2018

Music business

  • Inspire and Develop Artists (IDA) Seminar, Intensive boot camp seminar for artist development, songwriting, production, stage performance, choreography, branding, and recording. 
  • Brevard Conference on Music Entrepreneurship, 2007, Brevard, N.C. Paper presentation – “Redesigning Traditional Curriculum for an Innovative and Creative New World”

Awards and honors

  • Class of 2013 Springfield Business Journal 40 Under 40 Nominee