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Jennie Brown Bio

“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 is an entrepreneurial artist with a vibrant and eclectic career performing all flutes.  She is an active performer throughout Chicago in solo, chamber, contemporary, and orchestral settings.  She released her debut solo album on Innova Recordings 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 projects include two upcoming commercially released albums also to be distributed by Innova Recordings: A solo album titled Giantess featuring the music of Carter Pann (with the composer performing), Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Valerie Coleman, and Misook Kim, and a trio album titled Vox with the Heare Ensemble featuring Vox Balaenae by George Crumb and works by Stacy Garrop, Narong Prangcharoen, and Carter Pann.  As a member of the Heare ensemble, Brown premiered a newly commissioned work by Carter Pann titled Melodies for Robert in 2017 for flute, cello and piano through SDG Music Foundation.

Brown serves as Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Picosa, launching a new four concert series in Allen Recital Hall at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center in 2019-20.  The ensemble also holds residencies at Elmhurst and North Central Colleges, and previously held a short-term residency at Roosevelt University.  Entering its sixth season, the ensemble performs regularly on Chicago’s most prestigious concert series including Live from WFMT, Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, and The Rush Hour Concert Series at St James Cathedral.  For the Ear Taxi Festival (a city-wide celebration showcasing world-class new music), Brown performed as both a soloist and member of Picosa.  Brown has also performed with elite ensembles including recent performances with Eighth Blackbird, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago.

Brown is on faculty at Interharmony International Music Festival, Italy, where she gave the European premiere of Carter Pann’s Giantess with pianist Geoffrey Burleson.  She is founder, director and faculty member of Credo Flute where she works with Bonita Boyd and other notable faculty.  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions, numerous times on WFMT radio, and was interviewed by Narimon Safavi for WBEZ’s Worldview regarding her Midwest premiere of Valerie Coleman’s powerful Hair, Cloth, Thread for flute and percussion.

In 2019, Brown launched the New Music Chicago Presents… concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center as the first recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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 as well as an interview with Cindy Bravo on Comcast Community Network.

Brown has recently published articles in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline Magazine.  She is also coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition which features winning compositions of the Newly Published Music Competition. 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 College (since 2002) and Elmhurst College (since 2012).  She performs on a Brannen 10k flute and a 18k Lafin headjoint, Yamaha brass alto flute, a Keefe and Powell grenadilla piccolo, and a C. Palanca/Wenner Grenadilla Traverso.

 

 

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Jennie Brown is an entrepreneurial artist with a vibrant and eclectic career performing all flutes.  As an Innova recording artist, her debut album “Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner,” (Innova 919) received praise, including an Honorable Mention on NYC critic George Grella’s list: “Best Classical Albums of 2015”.  She has two upcoming commercially released albums with Innova Recordings. Her solo album titled “Giantess” (Innova 043) will be released on October 25th featuring the music of Carter Pann (also performing), Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Valerie Coleman, and Misook Kim.  Her album titled “Vox” (Innova 040) will be released with the Heare Ensemble in January 2020 featuring George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae and works by Stacy Garrop, Carter Pann, and Narong Prangcharoen.

Brown serves as Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Picosa, launching a new four concert series in Allen Recital Hall at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center in 2019-20 while holding residencies at Elmhurst and North Central Colleges, and a previous residency at Roosevelt University.  The ensemble performs regularly on Chicago’s prestigious concert series including Live from WFMT, Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, and The Rush Hour Concert Series at St James Cathedral. Brown has performed with elite ensembles including recent performances with Eighth Blackbird, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Brown is on faculty at Interharmony International Music Festival, Italy and is the founder, director and faculty member of Credo Flute.  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions, numerous times on WFMT radio, and was interviewed by Narimon Safavi for WBEZ’s Worldview regarding her midwest premiere of Valerie Coleman’s powerful Hair, Cloth, Thread for flute and percussion.  She is the host and curator of the “New Music Chicago Presents… ” monthly noon-time concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center which features music written since 2000 by living composers.  She is also coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition which features winning compositions of the Newly Published Music Competition. Brown graduated from Eastman (DMA, MM with Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), and serves on the faculty of Wheaton College (since 2002) and Elmhurst College (since 2012).  She performs on a Brannen 10k flute and a 18k Lafin headjoint, Yamaha brass alto flute, a Keefe and Powell grenadilla piccolo, and a C. Palanca/Wenner Grenadilla Traverso.