Jennie is an experienced cellist both in performance and teaching. Having had several very inspiring teachers from a young age including Coral Bognuda at the University of Auckland, she developed as a passionate and diverse musician.
While studying Mechanical Engineering at Auckland University, her teaching skills were cultivated with a number of students of all ages. During this time she was also performing professionally and in orchestras at every opportunity.
After completing her degree, she spent many years travelling in Europe, playing in Shropshire in the UK and then moving to France where she was a member and soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon under the direction of Jean-Pierre Prajoux.
In between times Jennie took the opportunity to go to Costa Rica as a volunteer and work in a local community program teaching music to young students from near and far. Based in Santa Ana, a small town outside the capital San Jose she took on a number of cello students and also helped the other local teachers with ideas and techniques which could be adopted into the program.
In France, whilst in the OSL she took part in many tours around the central south east regions of France including performing the Mozart Requiem in the snowy alpine village of Briançon, and a spectacular performance of Dogora by Etienne Perruchon to a packed out Zenith in Clermont Ferrand.
On return to New Zealand at the end of 2011, she has been building her performance repertoire and also her teaching practice. Including presenting a solo recital alongside mezzo Chloe Irwin-Whitney and pianist Paul Robertson. Now, she is a current member of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.
Jennie has had a lot of experience playing in many different settings and is very adaptable. Playing in musicals, such as Les Misérables andWest Side Storey, theatre productions, corporate events, weddings, bands, including the Wine Cellar Strings, Scott J Mason and now The Bering Sea. She also has been fitting in session recordings and solo performances. This variety of interests and experience make her a very versatile musician aswell as a flexible and resourceful teacher, adapting to individuals own musical preferences and goals.