“As evidenced by this album, Jennie Oh Brown really understands Schwantner’s compositional intent, and her playing reflects the beauty, intensity, rawness, and virtuosity his music requires. She excels in changing characters rapidly, and her beautiful, expressive sound is perfectly suited to Schwantner’s emotional, lyrical, and acrobatic music.”
-Jennifer Slaughter, National Flute Association Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2016
Jennie Brown embraces an entrepreneurial spirit in her career. She is an active performer throughout Chicago in solo, chamber, contemporary, and orchestral settings. She released her debut solo album on Innova label in 2015, “Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner,” to critical praise, including an Honorable Mention in New York Classical Review Critic George Grella’s “Best Classical Albums of 2015” list. Her newest project includes an upcoming commercially released solo album featuring the music of Carter Pann (with the composer performing), Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Valerie Coleman, and Misook Kim. Her latest endeavor is performing with her new grenadilla Wenner Palanca Traverso (baroque flute).
As Artistic Director and flutist with Picosa, Brown and her colleagues launched their first concert season in 2014 with concerts throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Among the many exciting past concerts, Picosa performed for the elite Rush Hour Concert series, Live from WFMT with Kerry Frumkin, Ear Taxi Festival (a city-wide celebration showcasing world-class new music), where Brown performed as both a soloist and member of Picosa, The Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, Chamber Music Mondays at the Chicago Cultural Center, and more. Picosa has also established residencies at Roosevelt University (fall 2018), and Elmhurst and North Central Colleges (ongoing). Brown is also a founding member of the Heare Ensemble, which premiered a newly commissioned work by Carter Pann in 2017 for flute, cello and piano through SDG Music Foundation and is in the process of recording an audio and video commercial release of George Crumb’s epic Vox Balaenae in celebration of Crumb’s 90th birthday and with the composer’s favor.
In 2019, Brown launched the New Music Chicago Presents… concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center as the first recipient of the ArtSpace Grant, featuring New Music Chicago members performing repertoire written since 2000 by living composers. The series was given a major feature article by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune in February 2019. In 2015, Brown launched and continues to serve as director and faculty member of Credo Flute at Elmhurst College together with Bonita Boyd and friends. Brown is also a member of the faculty of InterHarmony International Music Festival, Italy. Brown has performed and served in six National Flute Association annual conventions and was a featured solo performer in the Chicago Flute Club Silver (25th) Anniversary Celebration Concert. She has appeared numerous times as a performer on Chicago’s WFMT radio and was also interviewed recently by Narimon Safavi for Worldview on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago – Chicago Public Media.
Brown has recently published articles in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline Magazine. She is the coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition through 2023. Dr. Brown has also performed in music festivals including Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, and Norfolk. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), and serves on the faculty of Wheaton and Elmhurst Colleges.