Jennifer Tobin grew up in Sparta, New Jersey and began her music studies at age six. When her piano teacher discovered that Jennifer was born with perfect pitch, she began taking violin lessons shortly thereafter. In 5th grade, Jen wanted to join the school’s band program, too – so she borrowed her cousin’s old flute and immediately connected with the instrument. After successfully auditioning for several regional bands and participating in youth orchestras in northern New Jersey, Jennifer graduated from Sparta High School in the top 7% of her class. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in flute performance from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 as the music department valedictorian. Under the tutelage of flutist David DiGiacobbe, she maintained the principal chair of the TCNJ Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Woodwind Quintet for three years. Together with these ensembles, she has performed around the east coast, including the Czech Center in New York City and the 2013 CBDNA conference in Boston. She was also the secretary of TCNJ’s chapter of NAfME and principal flutist of the New Jersey Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble twice.
Ms. Tobin is currently a flutist and piccoloist with the Eastern Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble of the New York metropolitan area based in Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. Jennifer’s performances with the Eastern Wind Symphony include collaborations with internationally-acclaimed artists such as Alan Baer and Allen Vizzutti, as well as a featured performance at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Jennifer has had the honor of performing in soloist settings for Gary Schocker, Bart Feller, Gerald Carey, John Romeri, and Lish Lindsey. One of her most memorable experiences was meeting and performing for Catherine Cantin, principal flutist of the Paris Opera Orchestra, at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in Paris. Most recently, Ms. Tobin performed the “Barbra Streisand Songbook” with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was also accepted into the 2017 Orford Academy of Music, where she will study with Jocelyne Roy, professor of flute at McGill University, in Quebec this July.
In addition to flute performance, Jennifer is also passionate about conducting and score study. In 2014, she received a fellowship to the University of Minnesota’s “Art of Wind Band Teaching” Symposium, where she was fortunate to study wind conducting with Mallory Thompson, Jack Stamp, Craig Kirchhoff, Jerry Luckhardt, and Tim Diem. An active public school music educator and advocate for the arts, Jennifer is currently a middle school band director in Edison Township, a nationally-acclaimed district for music education in New Jersey. She is also on staff at the Westminster Flute Camp in Princeton, where she teaches alongside Gerald Carey, former president of the National Flute Association. Jennifer continually volunteers at the regional and state level through active membership in the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.
Jennifer maintains an active private flute studio and has especially enjoyed coaching two flute choirs and a high school woodwind quintet. She currently resides in Princeton, where she enjoys reading in local coffee shops and planning future travel ventures in her spare time.