Jennifer Trowbridge has joined the faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts as the new instructor of guitar. The accomplished teacher and performer brings twenty years of experience in classical music, jazz, world music, and a range of popular styles. She has performed extensively in Chicago as well as New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and elsewhere.
"We are very pleased to welcome such a gifted and versatile performer to our guitar studio," said Kedrik Merwin, director of the music program at Interlochen. "Dr. Trowbridge will be able to help young guitarists develop their skills in multiple genres and styles, preparing them for success in higher education and beyond."
Trowbridge's recent collaborations include performing jazz guitar with Chicago Opera Vanguard's The Suitcase Opera, drum set with Chicago Tap Theater, and classical guitar with soprano Chelsea Morris. Her performance with tenor Bernard Holcomb (Lyric Opera of Chicago) was aired on Chicago's WFMT. She composed music for the award-winning documentary film, The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten Wilderness, televised on PBS, and has been the recipient of several grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
"It has been a wonderful experience as I begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach in many different styles and work with students from all over the world - that international component is so valuable. The students bring so many different styles and interests but they are all so dedicated to their work. As a musician, it is just so rewarding to work in a place like this."
"It has been a wonderful experience to begin this new phase of my career at Interlochen," said Trowbridge. "I get to teach many different styles of guitar playing, and work with students from all over the world. That international component is extremely valuable, because it creates a multicultural classroom where students can learn so much from each other. As a teacher and as a musician, it is very rewarding to work in a place like this."
Students in the Interlochen guitar studio develop a wide range of skills that will prepare them for musical study in a college or conservatory setting, from reading notation to fretboard harmony to improvisation and developing solo repertoire. Young guitarists at Interlochen also benefit from regular performance opportunities around campus, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines including large ensembles, dancer, and many of the other students at the fine arts school.
Founded in 1962, Interlochen Arts Academy is a fine arts boarding high school that challenges students artistically. Challenging college-preparatory academics complement their artistic studies and prepare the students for any future endeavor. Together, the students and faculty at the Arts Academy produce more than 250 arts presentations each year.