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Pianist Jennifer (Walsh) Bowman is a native of Olympia, WA, who has earned degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano from Whitman College, Northern Illinois University and The Juilliard School. She has studied with Janet Mooney, Leonard Richter, Lee Thompson, Debra Bakland, Donald Walker, Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Rohan de Silva, Brian Zeger and Samuel Sanders. Currently she is studying jazz piano with Michael Stegner.
She has performed in most of the major concert venues in the area including Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Meany Hall, Seattle Art Museum, The Frye Museum, Lagerquist Hall, Minnaert Center, Schneebeck Hall, Karen Hille Phillips Center, Icicle Creek and The Washington Center. Professionally she has worked with Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Capital Playhouse, SOGO, Academy of Music Northwest, Seattle Conservatory. She has also performed live on KING FM 98.1 several times.
A music educator for over 30 years, Ms. Bowman has taught piano from the elementary to the collegiate level (Pacific Lutheran University). Her students consistently gain recognition and win prizes in all sorts of competitions. She is also an experienced vocal coach with over 25 years of experience in art song and operatic repertoire. She is an active and versatile collaborative pianist and participates in a large variety of musical events every year.
Ms. Bowman believes strongly in giving back to the community including: regular monthly performances at Panorama City, performances at other local retirement centers, and participation at Olympia Arts Walk. In addition, she has created a successful Arts Enrichment Program at a local public elementary school which brings in several hundred hours of extra arts instruction (art, music, drama and mindfulness) every year.
Students describe her as an instructor who maintains high standards, yet approaches each individual with "enthusiasm," "boundless energy," and "using positive feedback." She truly loves the challenge of creating an individualized course of study for each student, as she believes that there is a distinct place for each of us in the musical world.