Jennifer Hayman, the director of music and arts at All Souls, maintains an eclectic musical life as a choral conductor, singer, and pianist. After earning her bachelor of music in music industry with performance honors in piano and voice at Syracuse University, she worked as an artist and repertoire representative for Dreamworks Records NYC, a tour manager for a rock band, and a booking agent for a 1,200 capacity concert venue. She received her master of science in music education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she assisted Director of Choral Activities Dr. Michael Levi and received the Graduate Award for Excellence in Music Education. She then taught music to fifth- through eighth-graders at an inner-city public school, where she worked with the fine arts department to create a multiyear program that integrated popular music into both the keyboard lab and the general music curriculum. Jen has continued to refine her musical craft with postgraduate conducting work at Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Charles Bruffy, Dr. James Jordan, and Giselle Wyers. She also worked as the conducting apprentice to Maestro Alan Harler and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; she later served three years on their board of directors.
Most recently, Jen served as the production coordinator for Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare and as the director of music at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, she also cofounded a semiprofessional cooperative chamber choir, the Chestnut Street Singers (www.chestnutstreetsingers.org), which received fast recognition for its unique and ambitious programming. Equally passionate about both classical and popular music, Jen has collaborated with various rock and pop musicians, including singer/songwriter Jonah Matranga, for his album The Volunteers, which is available on iTunes and Jade Tree Records. She was also the soprano soloist for the world premiere of Battle Hymns, a new commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.