Jenny Bower


Historical Keyboardist // Data Tinkerer

Jenny's enthusiasm for diverse repertoire is imbued in her work as a soloist as well as in collaborations with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists across the US, Canada, and China. She has premiered a number of pieces for organ and harpsichord, including the first public U.S. performance of Laudes, Jean-Louis Florentz’s majestic seven-movement opus for organ. Her musicianship is rooted in the symbiotic, physical relationship between historical instrument and player, a relationship informed by experience with period instruments and concepts of embodiment drawn from gynocentric performance practices. During her time at Oberlin, Jenny studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins, and organ with James David Christie, Olivier Latry, and Mme. Marie-Louise Langlais, ultimately completing a master's degree through which she explored the performance practice of rhythmic inequality within early baroque Spanish keyboard sources. After completing dual degrees in geology and historical keyboard performance, Jenny has enjoyed keeping a foot in two worlds, allowing her to thrive as an accomplished scientist and musician. Within this duality, she has competed as a semifinalist in the 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, studied lead speciation within urban soils at the Advanced Photon Source, and performed regularly as a member of the Shanghai Camerata. As a scientist, her research interests include the study of urban contaminant geochemistry, place-based investigative community science, and predictive geospatial modeling. Since completing a master’s degree in Geology at the University of Vermont in May of 2017, she has enjoyed working as a data tinkerer and GIS wizard for the State of Vermont, while performing weekly on an 1879 Hook and Hastings organ in a vibrant church community near the Green Mountains.



Diferencias: Organ Inventions of the Spanish Baroque
7:30pm @ Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, VT


Aurora Chamber Singers: Heavenly Love
4pm @ College Street Congregational, Burlington, VT


2018 Artist of the Year Recital
3pm @ Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury, VT


The Mineralogy of Pipe Organs: Science, Sound Art, and Aging Instruments [lecture]
7pm @ Generator Makerspace, Burlington, VT


Organ Concert
2pm @ Middlebury Congregational Church, Middlebury, VT


Bach Organ Marathon
1-4pm (half hour only) @ Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, VT


Messiah Sing
1pm @ Middlebury Congregational Church, Middlebury, VT


Holiday Concert
2pm @ Vergennes Congregational Church, Vergennes, VT


34th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival
Shanghai, China


Doctoral Recital (Menglin Gao)
Indiana University


Speciation, Distribution, Prediction, and Mobility of Lead in Urban Soils: A Multiscale Study
University of Vermont


Bach Organ Marathon
Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, VT


Chiaroscuro: Baroque Gems
Vergennes Congregational Church, Vergennes, VT


soil--lead [lecture]
University of Vermont


Burlington Chamber Orchestra
University of Vermont Recital Hall