Jennifer Wolfe came to the Triangle area in 2019 and serves the Department of Music as a staff accompanist, adjunct instructor, and interim director (2021-22) of the Meredith Chorale. A native of Canada, she holds Masters degrees in Choral Music (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Piano Performance (Michigan State). She taught college music for 30 years at three other institutions, focusing on aural skills, women’s choirs, academic advising, and a freshman seminar on creativity.
In her own creative life, she has published a children’s book, “The Mess;” the instructors’ resource manual for several editions of Jeremy Yudkin’s music-appreciation text “Understanding Music;” and a women’s-choir arrangement of a Yiddish folksong, “Gey Ikh Mir Shpatsirn” (earthsongs). Many of her other choral compositions and arrangements have been performed, including by two groups she helped to found, the West Michigan Children’s Choir and Persisterhood (a women’s protest choir).
An active performing pianist, Ms. Wolfe most enjoys collaborating with other musicians. Recent performances include Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” appearances with the Capital City Girls’ Choir, a street concert with singers from the North Carolina Opera, and a South African tour with the Hope College Chapel Choir.
In her spare time she bikes, gardens, paints, and goes birding with her husband and their golden retriever.